Next-gen 'Boris Bike' is a trike ... of sorts

Toyota has developed a compact three-wheeled ‘personal mobility vehicle’ called the iRoad. The slim chassis has a curb weight of just 300kg and features panels that can be personalised to the user’s tastes. The all electric mode of transport is designed to be as nimble as a scooter but offering the stability of a car due to a clever lean steering system.

The iRoad will also have a number of customised options for users, parts that can be 3D printed with various colours and surface finishes available. Toyota is currently trialling the use of the iRoad in a ‘Boris-Bike-esque’ rental scheme around the streets of Grenoble, France.

Suitable parking and charging points within city centre allows members of the public to pay a ‘rental’ price for between 15mins to a few hours use, before returning it.

Though the Japanese styling and bright colours are likely to turn heads, the scheme has already been labelled by some as unfeasible in London due to the dangers of busy, tourist laden streets, many of whom are likely to be drivers.

Perhaps a self driving version could be more successful?

Author
Justin Cunningham

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