Exploring the future of mobilty with i-ROAD

Let’s Open Up the Future of Urban Mobility with i-ROAD

To play an important role in OPEN ROAD project will be Test Pilots, chosen from Tokyoites who will live with an i-ROAD for about a month.
They will test the i-ROAD including Toyota’s prototyping services.

Apply to become a Test Pilot
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Participation in i-ROAD Class

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Test drive

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How to apply


  • - Live in Tokyo Prefecture and have a driver’s license
  • - Capable of participating proactively in Open Road Project including test-piloting (test-driving) an i-ROAD
  • - Capable of test-piloting an i-ROAD on a daily basis
  • - Willing to be interviewed by the media
  • - Proficient in Japanese

Number of winning test pilots

  • - Eight or so per term
  • - Winners’ families and friends may drive the i-ROAD if they attend with the winners the i-ROAD Class to be given subsequent to the screening.

Required access to a parking space and power outlet for charging

  • - Test Pilots are required to have access to an i-ROAD parking space (*1) and a power outlet for charging (*2) in the neighborhood.
  • - If they have no access to a parking space or a power outlet, Test Pilots themselves will need to find them.
  • *1: Required parking space size: length 2,345 mm; width 870 mm; height 1,455 mm; wheel base 1,695 mm
  • *2: Power outlet for charging: 100V three-pronged outlet (chargeable from a home outlet)

Requests to test pilots

  • - Test-pilot an i-ROAD in their daily life and experience Toyota’s prototype services.
  • - Participate in the interview session subsequent to test-piloting.
  • - Cooperate with the media during the i-ROAD Class and the Interview Session.
  • - Accept the duty to keep secret any confidential information related to the joint development involved in this project.

Expenses and remuneration

  • - There is no fee for test-piloting an i-ROAD.
  • - If you need to rent a parking space for an i-ROAD during your test-piloting term due to the absence of your own parking space, Toyota will pay for the rent (except out-of-the-home parking fees).
  • - There is no remuneration for test-piloting an i-ROAD.

Sequence of steps from application and screening to test-piloting to post-test-piloting step

  • 1. Online application

    Applicants are asked to fill in the personality assessment and application form. We will contact only those who have been shortlisted to take part in the Test Pilot Screening Meeting based on the entries in the form.

  • 2. Screening meeting (approximately 1.5 hours)

    We will interview shortlisted applicants and explain the outline of the project to them. They will hear interview results in about a week.

  • 3. i-ROAD Class (one day)

    For shortlisted applicants to become Test Pilots, they are required to attend this class. During the class, we will explain the project details and dos and don’ts, as well as providing i-ROAD driving instructions including test-drives on public roads.
    After the class, i-ROADs will be delivered to test pilots’ homes before the start of the project.

  • 4. Project participation (approximately one month)

    Test Pilots will be asked to drive the i-ROADs around the city and try the various prototype services. Those who complete the project will receive a certificate of test-piloting completion.

  • 5. Post-test-piloting media interview session (approximately two hours)

    Test Pilots will be interviewed by us and members of the media concerning this project.

Note: Once you apply, you will be considered a potential Test Pilot for the subsequent terms of the project. There is no need to reapply for each subsequent term.

Schedule for Test Pilot recruitment and
project execution (subject to change)

Term 1

Note: Our acceptance of applications for Term 1 has ended,
with thanks for a large number of applications.

1st Applications accepted: May 7 – 24, 2015
1st Project execution period: July 4 – August 1, 2015

Term 2 and Term 3

Note: Our acceptance of applications for Term 2 and Term 3 has ended,
with thanks for a large number of applications.

2nd and 3rd Applications accepted: May 25 – July 5, 2015

2nd Project execution period:
August 29 – September 26, 2015

3rd Project execution period:
October 3 – 24, 2015

Term 4 and Term 5

Note: Our acceptance of applications for Term 4 and Term 5 has ended,
with thanks for a large number of applications.

4th and 5th Applications accepted:
July 7 – August 16, 2015

4th Project execution period:
November 21 – December 19, 2015

5th Project execution period:
December 26, 2015 – January 23, 2016

Term 6 and Term 7

Note: Our acceptance of applications for Term 6 and Term 7 has ended,
with thanks for a large number of applications.

6th and 7th Applications accepted:
August 17 – October 25, 2015

6th Project execution period:
February 20 – March 19, 2016

7th Project execution period:
March 6 – April 23, 2016

Term 8

Note: Our acceptance of applications for Term 8 has ended,
with thanks for a large number of applications.

8th Applications accepted:
October 26, 2015 –
8th Project execution period: June 11 – July 2, 2016

Term 9 - Term 11

9th – 11th Applications accepted: August 1 – December 31, 2016
9th – 11th Project execution period: September 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017

Notes: The above dates are subject to change.

We do not accept inquiries on whether any particular applicants have been chosen as Test Pilots.

We will not publicly announce winning Test Pilots. Instead, our secretariat will notify those candidates who have successfully been chosen as Test Pilots.

Ready to join OPEN ROAD PROJECT?

To take part in OPEN ROAD PROJECT, please tell us a little about yourself.

Apply to become a Test Pilot