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Toyota i-Road Concept: Car Tech Video

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Car Tech Video: Toyota i-Road Concept

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CNET's Antuan Goodwin previews the Toyota i-Road concept, a tandem two-seater that runs on electric power and uniquely maneuvers using all three of its wheels.

What's up guys? This is Antoine Goodwin with cnet.com on the floor at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. And we're taking a look at the car that I wanna drive the most today. It's the Toyota i-Road Concept. Now this little electric vehicle is about the size of your average motorcycle. There's actually a space in this vehicle for two despite of being so narrow and that's because you use a tandem seating style. The driver sits up front and one passenger can fit behind him sort of like you would on a motorcycle. Now each of those front wheels is powered by 2 kilowatt electric motor that gives its energy from a lithium-ion battery pack inside the body of the vehicle. The interesting thing about this is that unlike most vehicles that you drive on the road today and most motorcycles it actually does steering with the rear wheel. So when you turn the yoke that's in the front of the driver seat. The rear wheel kinda counter steer that kinda scoot your body around. Now on a normal vehicle that this narrow that could be a little scary and you could find yourself flipping over. But the i-Road actually have a system called active camber and that uses little motors that are in the front suspension to sort of tilt the vehicle into the turn like you would on a motorcycle when you see race drivers sort of drop their knee that gives you that extra grip in the turn when you're cornering really hard. Now you've been watching the demonstrators here just kinda whipping around in like very, very tight circles that sort of rear wheel steering plus active camber gives this car in extremely small turning radius that's great for in the city when you need to do things like squeeze in a tiny parking spots and flip quick U-turns. Now the Toyota i-Road Concept is just a concept. There are no actual plans to build this vehicle and sell it just yet. But I tell you what, it is by fit the vehicle that I wanna drive the most on the floor at Geneva Motor Show today. I am Antoine Goodwin with cnet.com and we've been taking a look at the Toyota i-Road Concept.

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