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Lean into it: test driving Toyota’s i-Road concept car

06
Jan
2014

First introduced at last years Geneva Auto Show, Toyotas bizarre i-Road doesnt seem like the kind of car that could ever make the leap from a rotating platform on a well-lit stage to the street. And yet Toyota announced later in 2013 that it would be putting the i-Road into car sharing trials in Japan and France. It takes the compactness of a motorcycle and the stability and convenience of an automobile, says Toyotas Akihiro Yanaka, noting that the i-Roads ultra-narrow body and relatively slow speed means that it could be driven in bike lanes (some municipalities may disagree, but its an interesting thought). And in some ways, its more of a faster, safer, more comfortable bicycle alternative than a tiny car, an ultra-efficient way to get around in dense, urban areas. Driving the i-Road is actually kind of scary, at least at first

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