BBC NEWS | Technology | Robotic pods take on car design

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Toyota i-unit

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 to suit individual preferences and a recognition system offers information and music.

‘Innovative ideas’


Also on at the show will be the egg-shaped This is a two-legged mountable device that can be controlled a joystick.

The i-foot cocoons the and can go up stairs

Standing at a height of over seven feet metres), the unit can walk at a speed of about 1.35km/h and navigate staircases into the

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

They are clearly what we concept vehicles, innovative which have yet to be transformed potential products and which are a few away from actual said Dr David Gillingwater, the Transport Studies Group at University, UK.

They clearly eye-catching appeal, which is in the name of the game here, and are to the iMac and iPod-type niche Apple has been responsible for and leading in recent years new, different, hi-tech, products.

Toyota i-unit

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 of their acceptance in this

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Toyota i-unit

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