Electric scooters that help people get around are common in many cities and some large industrial facilities. One of the biggest problems with traditional two-wheeled electric scooters in pedestrian environments is the potential for accidents. In many areas, such as college campuses, two-wheeled electric scooters are banned.
Toyota has introduced a new scooter specifically designed for use in pedestrian areas, called C+walkT. Toyota claims that it is a standing model that is part of the C series+ Walk for pedestrian zones. The scooter will be offered for purchase at Toyota dealerships starting October 1. A list of countries was not specified.
The three-wheeled electric scooter has a low and flat base for standing, which is only 150 millimeters off the ground. The low base makes it easy to get on and off the scooter. Toyota created the scooter specifically for comfortable and safe use in pedestrian areas and to facilitate movement and interaction with other pedestrians.
Due to its design, the scooter takes up as much space as a single person and travels at a typical human speed. The scooter is equipped with collision avoidance features to prevent collisions with pedestrians when the rider is not paying attention to the surroundings.
Toyota suggests that the scooter will also be used by those who have difficulty walking or users who have to walk a lot due to their occupation, such as security personnel. In addition, a "tractor" option for a wheelchair is envisaged.
The scooter uses a brushless DC motor and is powered by a lithium-ion battery. Only the front wheel of the scooter is powered. The price of the device in the US is over $3,000. It is not known how far the scooter can travel on one charge.