1. Various of demonstration of "i-Real", wheelchair shaped vehicle
2. People watching demonstration
3. Various of I-Real demonstration
4. Tilt up of "I-Real", Akihiro Yanaka of Toyota Motor Corporation standing next to it
5. SOUNDBITE: (Japanese) Akihiro Yanaka, Toyota Motor Corporation:
"It is not that with this concept we are denying the conventional four wheel vehicles loading four to five passengers. But we also need to pay attention to efficiency and the environment. So we try to combine these two concepts (four wheel vehicle and single seat vehicle) to make the world a better place and to make mobility more fun. That is our Research & Development concept looking for the future."
Japanese car manufacturer Toyota on Wednesday unveiled its latest concept - a vehicle shaped like a chair.
The "I-Real" is a single seat vehicle and is equipped with a sensor technology that detects nearing obstacles and passes information to the passenger by vibration and sound to avoid collision.
It looks like a roofless plush armchair that scoots about on wheels, with buttons and controls on the arms.
It changes positions, straightening up to move slowly among pedestrians or laying back to travel faster at up to 30 kilometres per hour (18.6 miles per hour).
Road safety is only one of the designers' aspirations.
"We also need to pay attention to efficiency and the environment," said Akihiro Yanaka, of Toyota Motor Corporation, at the vehicle's demonstration. "So we try to combine these two concepts (four wheel vehicle and single seat vehicle) to make the world a better place and to make mobility more fun."
Toyota Motor Corporation is readying the model for the biannual Tokyo Motor Show which will open to the public on 27 October.