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Motoring Research Logo By John Moroney of Motoring Research | Slide 3 of 13: The ultra-compact Toyota i-Road is more than just adorable; it’s a rational peek into the future of personal urban transport, and has been tested in Tokyo, San Francisco, and Grenoble, France, among other places. The three-wheeler is a featherweight 650 pounds and just under 36 inches wide, yet will seat two in tandem. In operation, the vehicle leans itself like a motorcycle through turns. The left and right front wheels move up and down independently in response to driver input. Other than the lean (which is wicked fun) the vehicle has the stability and weather protection of a car. As part of an urban transportation system, the i-Road is an excellent car share vehicle. Its small size reduces congestion and frees up parking spaces. It’s all electric, quiet, and fun enough to get people out of their personal vehicles. Commuters can use it from the train or bus station to get the last mile home. Errands can be quickly run without the need to fire up the SUV. While we’re not holding our breath waiting for this one to go into mass production, we do hope testing continues and more i-Roads will be seen on public roads. Or at least that we can test drive one for a week. Explore all the latest from Toyota on MSN Autos

Toyota i-Road

The ultra-compact Toyota i-Road is more than just adorable; it’s a rational peek into the future of personal urban transport, and has been tested in Tokyo, San Francisco, and Grenoble, France, among other places.

The three-wheeler is a featherweight 650 pounds and just under 36 inches wide, yet will seat two in tandem. In operation, the vehicle leans itself like a motorcycle through turns. The left and right front wheels move up and down independently in response to driver input. Other than the lean (which is wicked fun) the vehicle has the stability and weather protection of a car.

As part of an urban transportation system, the i-Road is an excellent car share vehicle. Its small size reduces congestion and frees up parking spaces. It’s all electric, quiet, and fun enough to get people out of their personal vehicles. Commuters can use it from the train or bus station to get the last mile home. Errands can be quickly run without the need to fire up the SUV.

While we’re not holding our breath waiting for this one to go into mass production, we do hope testing continues and more i-Roads will be seen on public roads. Or at least that we can test drive one for a week.

Explore all the latest from Toyota on MSN Autos

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