Toyota i-Road - On the Streets of France

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We may not have our jetpacks or hover cars yet, but Toyota is still doing their part to push the envelope of innovation in transportation with the initial piloting of their i-Road electric vehicle. Hoping to offer another alternative to full-size cars, but with the flexibility, size, and footprint of a bike, the Toyota i-Road is currently being tested on the streets of Genoble, France, to see if it can successfully decrease the amount of traffic gridlock. First introduced in concept form in early 2013, Toyota is now pairing 70 of the vehicles with major public transportation hubs to help take passengers the last mile to their final destination. Ultimately, the vision is that commuters can take mass transportation, like buses and trains, the majority of the distance and then use a "last mile" vehicle to get to the office, which keeps more cars off of major highways. Toyota's program, Ha:mo, is scheduled to run for three years, with users charged from 3 to 19 Euros for up to four hours of use. No word yet on future testing sites, but this seems to be the first big challenger to the likes of Zipcar and popular public bike share programs.

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