Last year Toyota started a new project in Grenoble, France called ‘Cité lib by Ha:mo‘ – a car-sharing service, which in short is an integrated metropolitan route planner that optimizes a combination of multiple means of transport, that is an extension of public transportation networks, utilising ultra-compact EVs; 35 i-ROAD and 35 COMS.
As a result the project is expected to create a smoother traffic and transportation flow in bigger cities.
The so called brain of the system is a Next-generation Urban Traffic System offering two smartphone apps for optimal route selection and vehicle reservation. You get to see on the app things like vehicle availability, reservations and vehicle charging status to make sure you can drive to your final destination.
The I-ROAD is a very interesting vehicle. Thanks to an enclosed two-seater cabin where two adults can sit in tandem, it is much more than a normal motorcycle.
With a length of 2350mm, height of 1455mm, a wheelbase of 1700mm and a width of 850mm it is not much wider than a conventional two-wheeler.
In the heart of this urban compact cruiser are two 2kW electric motors installed in the front wheels. When fully charged the range is up to 30 miles.
Technological highlight of the I-ROAD is ‘Active Lean’ technology, that automatically controls vehicle’s stability and body angle, meaning there is no need to stabilise the vehicle when manoeuvring at low speed, or when stationary.
If you are planning a trip to Grenoble there is a very big chance you will bump into one of the colourful i-ROAD EVs and perhaps you are lucky enough to try this future car-sharing service yourself.