Phase 5 i-ROAD Test Drive Pilots Take to the Roadways!

Test Drive Pilots

Our i-ROAD Test Drive Pilots are drivers recruited from the general public, who board the i-ROAD,
a ground-breaking new mini-vehicle engineered to “infuse greater freedom into urban mobility.”
The mission: To open up new doors to the future of motor vehicles and driving with Tokyo as the staging ground.
The project is now moving from Phase 4, during which our erstwhile Pilots explored the roads of Shibuya Ward in their i-ROADs,
the world’s first 2-seater electric car, to Phase 5 and the Test Pilots chosen for this latest stage.
Just what will the Phase 5 drivers discover, and what types of new landscapes will spring into view through the windows of the i-ROAD?
Our i-ROAD Test Drive Pilots are drivers recruited from the general public, who board the i-ROAD, a ground-breaking new mini-vehicle engineered to “infuse greater freedom into urban mobility.” The mission: To open up new doors to the future of motor vehicles and driving with Tokyo as the staging ground. The project is now moving from Phase 4, during which our erstwhile Pilots explored the roads of Shibuya Ward in their i-ROADs, the world’s first 2-seater electric car, to Phase 5 and the Test Pilots chosen for this latest stage. Just what will the Phase 5 drivers discover, and what types of new landscapes will spring into view through the windows of the i-ROAD?

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Phase 5 of this Test Drive project kicked off from December 26. Though only about a month has gone by since the test-driving period began, and the Test Pilots also passed the hectic New Year’s season in their i-ROAD loaners, they have furnished a steady stream of precious feedback on their experiences and impressions.

“Getting out and about has become a genuine joy!” This sentiment is spot-on with the feelings voiced by our Test Drive Pilots over all four phases to date. Once again, in fact, the Pilots report that they are taking the i-ROAD down numerous different avenues into a wide variety of urban neighborhoods. Wherever they venture, however, one thing seems to remain the same: They are magnets of keen attention and interest, while serving as the regular targets of cellphone snapshots and other impromptu photographing.

In Phase 5 of this project, the “ROAD KITCHEN” prototype, an effort conceived to design original parts with 3D printers, has emerged in an even more progressive version. Particularly impressive are the specific design characteristics, which unfold in even more eye-catching dimensions than the previous version. Presented with this option, just what configurations have our Test Drive Pilots chosen to further spruce up their trusty i-ROAD cars?

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Test Drive Pilot Recruitment Continues

Spanning a total of eight phases in all, recruiting of Test Drive Pilots will be carried on through the summer of 2016.
Pilot applications may continue to be submitted from this“Test Drive Pilot” website.
On this occasion, please consider becoming a part of this distinctive new project – an innovative endeavor created from the unique experiences of each individual participant.

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Test Drive Pilot Recruitment Continues

Spanning a total of eight phases in all, recruiting of Test Drive Pilots will be carried on through the summer of 2016. Pilot applications may continue to be submitted from this “Test Drive Pilot” website. On this occasion, please consider becoming a part of this distinctive new project – an innovative endeavor created from the unique experiences of each individual participant.

ISSUED : 21 January 2016