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Player4
03-23-2005, 02:38 PM
<B>Toyota i-Unit Concept Debuts at New York Auto Show</B><p><I>March 23, 2005 -- New York, NY -- March 23, 2005 - New York, NY - Toyota's i-unit concept will make its U.S. debut at the 2005 New York International Auto Show. The single passenger i-unit is a form of "personal mobility" that seeks to balance freedom of movement, harmony with society, and harmony with the Earth's natural environment. Its design was inspired by a leaf and expresses the power of the unknown, the logic of living things and the simple beauty of waste-free functionality.<p>The i-unit creates a seamless transformation between the vehicle and human movement, minimizing occupied space and energy consumption with its lightweight and ultra compact size. Its components are made with decomposable and recyclable materials to reduce impact on the environment. <p>The concept operates in an upright and horizontal mode. Its small size enables the driver to move among people in an upright position in low speed mode. The i-unit reclines in high-speed mode and its low center of gravity ensures stable handling. <p>Drive-by-wire technology and intuitive handling allow the driver to maneuver quick turns and drive at high speeds. In addition, a driver support information system uses sound, light and vibration to facilitate interactive communication. <br>The i-unit features Intelligent Transport System (ITS) technology that permits safe and efficient autopilot driving in specially equipped lanes. <p>Customization is also integral to the concept. A personalized recognition system can provide information and music to the driver, while the body color can be personalized according to the drivers preferences and emotions.<p>The concept vehicle will also be featured at the Toyota Group Pavilion at EXPO 2005 in Aichi, Japan. The Expo is scheduled to run from March 25 to September 25 of this year. <p>TOYOTA I-UNIT CONCEPT SPECIFICATIONS<p><br>Millimeters Inches<br>Length Low-Speed Mode 1,100 43.3<br>High-Speed Mode 1,800 70.9<p>Height Low-Speed Mode 1,800 70.9<br>High-Speed Mode 1,250 49.2<p>Width 1,040 40.9<p>Wheel Base Low-Speed Mode 540 21.3<br>High-Speed Mode 1,300 51.2<p>Tread Front 850 33.5<br>Rear 830 33.5<p>Body Weight 180 kg 396.8<p>Minimum Turning Radius <br>(Outer Side when turning in place) 0.9 m 35.4 lbs.<p>Drive System In-Wheel Motors (Rear)<p>Battery Type Lithium Ion<p></I><p><IMG SRC="http://i.tnpv.us/2005/WKA200503/WKA2005032236014_pv.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><A HREF="http://i.tnpv.us/2005/WKA200503/WKA2005032236014_pv.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://i.tnpv.us/2005/WKA20050...v.jpg</A><p><IMG SRC="http://i.tnpv.us/2005/WKA200503/WKA2005032235999_pv.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><A HREF="http://i.tnpv.us/2005/WKA200503/WKA2005032235999_pv.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://i.tnpv.us/2005/WKA20050...v.jpg</A><p>Source: <A HREF="http://www.AutoDeadLine.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.AutoDeadLine.com</A>

Top Secret
03-23-2005, 02:45 PM
So this is basically a new version of the Toyota PM shown a few years back right?

against the wall
03-23-2005, 04:02 PM
what is with toyota and all of these weird not-carlike concepts. seems like they all have them debut at ny also

Tidal
03-23-2005, 05:52 PM
wasn't it Toyota that held a contest for it's employees to develop new ways of transportation ( for fun, off work )? This looks something that might have started that way...<br>

Gian86
03-23-2005, 08:54 PM
I've already send it somewhere here many months ago, this concept is from japan expo around few months ago. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Gian05 at 2:26 PM 3/24/2005</i>

KebabGud
03-24-2005, 07:54 AM
G-unit!<p>ohh .. sorry<br>

HOMY_DEMIO
03-24-2005, 08:52 AM
TODAY unveil i-unit in BANGKOK MOTOR THAILAND<p>it's very good for human mobilities

thainogkok
03-24-2005, 09:23 AM
ohhh,Is we call it a car????<p>today Mr.HOMY_DEMIO visited Bangkok Internationnal Motor Show and he told me he saw the i-unit at the show too.<p>see thainogkok at the show on monday, cheer

Flagship
03-26-2005, 02:59 PM
I dont see any point in this at all, what was Toyota thinking when they invested millions into making this GGGGGGGGGGGGG-unit thing when they could of made a new Supra.

The Water Is Poison
03-26-2005, 05:07 PM
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syclone
03-26-2005, 08:53 PM
nooooooooooooooooo... the bmw c1 is back from the dead... run for your lives!

Rugbyplaya91
03-27-2005, 06:18 PM
Suped up wheel chair to me...

Krypton
03-27-2005, 06:22 PM
<A HREF="http://img185.exs.cx/my.php?loc=img185&image=image43ik.jpg" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://img185.exs.cx/img185/2082/image43ik.th.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><p>my friend knew a manager and got to sit in it, was really cool to see it moving. Sorry no pictures of it moving, the guy wouldnt let me

Santeno
03-28-2005, 07:48 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>HOMY_DEMIO</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">TODAY unveil i-unit in BANGKOK MOTOR THAILAND<p>it's very good for human mobilities</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Exqueeze me? very good for human mobilities? Only if it double's up as a massage chair I guess. This is nothing more than a cute concept, with no real world technical innovations worth mentioning.

against the wall
03-28-2005, 07:59 AM
i was in toyotas pm concept from last year where u put on the helmet and ur like playing ps2 which was a gt4 concept game. i dunno if they did the same thing this year cuz i didnt get to see it <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/angry.gif" BORDER="0">

erzhik
03-28-2005, 04:32 PM
what the hell is that? new Segway?

Redline
03-28-2005, 05:26 PM
At least its not this.<p><IMG SRC="http://www.toyota.co.jp/en/news/04/image/1203_1i.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>The I-Foot. Just like the I-Unit, but less practical.

against the wall
03-28-2005, 06:23 PM
wtf is that i-foot? it looks the baby carriage of the future. looks like if it is u dont need to push it.

erzhik
03-28-2005, 07:44 PM
I-foot to me looks like a robot.. You sit in it and move the joystick so it move you around...lol<p>like in a MATRIX:REVOLUTION

spwolf
04-04-2005, 07:04 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Santeno</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Exqueeze me? very good for human mobilities? Only if it double's up as a massage chair I guess. This is nothing more than a cute concept, with no real world technical innovations worth mentioning.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>actually, it is full of technical innovations, such as autopilloting which will be all the rage in a decade. Seriously.

Toxic
04-09-2005, 06:58 PM
looks cool,but where is my girlfriend going to sit?

Hornbag
04-10-2005, 06:22 AM
OMG, this rox!!!!!!!!

Andre
04-19-2005, 09:00 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Redline</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">At least its not this.<p><IMG SRC="http://www.toyota.co.jp/en/news/04/image/1203_1i.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>The I-Foot. Just like the I-Unit, but less practical.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Actually, IMO, it's more practical. Maybe I see it that way because my daughter is confined to a wheelchair though. I don't know if this is a chop, but if this and the i-unit were both marketed I see the i-unit as being something a lot of people would like as a toy like the Segway, but I see the i-foot there as being practical because it would be a lot more mobile for people who cannot walk, being a pair of legs, it would be able to get into smaller spaces and climb stairs, etc better than a wheelchair or Rascal. As it is I'm carrying a Nine year old Girl around the house because her chair won't fit... and I'm throwing my back out in the process. I wouldn't mind seeing the i-foot hit the market (if not a bit more elegantly designed)