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Toyota i-unit

Making the motor vehicle sensible

A few months ago, I was around The Science Museum in and I encountered this startling of the future —

It’s the ‘i-Unit’.

According to Toyota

The “i-unit” is a form of “personal that seeks to attain a balance of meeting individuals’ to enjoy freedom of movement, with society, and harmony the Earth’s natural environment.

A of “personal mobility”, you say?

I’m not sure the above is an accurate of what the ‘i-unit’ is seeking to Toyota’s  real  purpose is obviously to create a car for extraordinarily people – a car you don’t have to get out of you want to have conversations, around other people, eat and so on – in other words, be a ‘pedestrian.’ You can your sweaty backside it belongs during every of human interaction.

Variable Positioning — The has a compact size enabling the to move among other in an upright position in low speed and a low center of gravity that stable handling when the reclines in high speed

The goal of Toyota is to provide mobility, which can be used on but also does not hinder with pedestrians . For this the i-unit has two setups. First, there is an low speed  setup, where the has a higher position and can have conversations face-to-face pedestrians and can move among . This upright position can be while driving to a low position, the rider sits much and more reclined. This  speed  setup has a much of gravity and is for driving at higher


In other words, it’s a expensive, shape-shifting version of —

I was reminded of my encounter Toyota’s alien-mobility-scooter thing by the today that General are showing their vision of mobility .

It is, I am unsurprised to announce, just as as Toyota’s vision’.

I mean, WTF ?

Toyota i-unit

The of this ‘vehicle’ again to be laziness, and of an even more kind —

although it is and indeed great fun, to the EN-V manually, it is really to drive by itself….  Because it is autonomous, could read, have or sleep while being around in them… Send it out in the morning to the children to school, have it up a friend on its way back for a morning Travel in it to the local pool and it pick up the shopping while you go for a

I expect it wipes your for you too.

Vehicles like will, of course, never be the to our urban transport problems, there’s already a solution, one has been around for well a hundred years – it’s a that allows face-to-face can travel at speeds of up to 20 mph, is energy-efficient, allows your to go to school independently, can negotiate pedestrians, and is a fraction of the cost of stupendously over-engineered and technology-crammed

The bicycle.

The car industry know of course – they’re not that – yet they keep on attempting to these bizarre ‘solutions’ on like trying to market a digital ‘i-Cup’ as the solution to all our problems.

It would be nice to that these ‘i-Units’ and are an enormous practical joke at our and that the boardrooms at these are full of ribald chuckling and as the executives marvel at how gullible we all

But unfortunately the more obvious and explanation is that these are so deliberately absurd that absurd urban transport – the motor vehicle – suddenly quite sensible by comparison.

Toyota i-unit
Toyota i-unit
Toyota i-unit

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