BBC NEWS | Technology | Robotic pods take on car design

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The i-unit can move upright at low

A new breed of wearable robotic that envelop drivers are developed by Japanese car giant

The company’s vision for the single in the 21st Century involves the cruising by in a four-wheeled leaf-like or strolling along encased in an cocoon that walks on two feet.

Both these will be demonstrated, along other concept vehicles and robots, at the Toyota stand at the 2005 in Aichi, Japan, in 2005.

The models are being positioned as personal mobility devices, have few limits.

The open i-unit vehicle is the latest of the concept which the company last year.

Built environmentally friendly plant-based the single passenger unit is with intelligent transport technologies that allow for autopilot driving in specially lanes.

The model allows the to make tight on-the-spot move upright amongst people at low speeds and can be easily into a reclining position at speeds.

Body colours can be customized to individual preferences and a personal system offers both and music.

‘Innovative ideas’

on display at the show will be the i-foot. This is a two-legged robot-like device that can be with a joystick.

The i-foot the rider and can go up stairs

Standing at a of well over seven (2.1 metres), the unit can along at a speed of about (0.83mph) and navigate staircases the bargain.

Mounting and dismounting is accomplished the aid of the bird-like legs that over backwards.

They are what we call concept innovative ideas which yet to be transformed into potential and which are a few years away actual production, said Dr Gillingwater, from the Transport Group at Loughborough University, UK.

clearly have eye-catching which is in part the name of the here, and are linked to the iMac and niche which Apple has responsible for developing and leading in years — new, hi-tech, image-conscious products.

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As always with these vehicles, it is difficult to see ‘who’ would appeal to and what role would be in the ‘personal marketplace.

Wearable exoskeletons

The transport arena is taking on a new though, with futuristic that augment human

Toyota’s prototypes represent the incarnation of wearable exoskeletons in a form that is specially on transport.

Powered robotic have been the focus of US military research over the and Japan seems to have onto the bandwagon with a of products being developed for applications.

With an emerging range of targeted towards the ageing population, care giving and the wearable exoskeletons seem to a new line of future technologies meet an individual’s particular needs.

While Toyota’s are geared towards mass the company says that the will allow the elderly and the to achieve independent mobility.

to success

Experts, though, are a bit sceptical of acceptance in this area.

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