In late November, an instructional session to help ready the Phase 10 i-ROAD Test Drive Pilots to take their vehicles out on the road was convened at the Toyota Tokyo Design Research Laboratory in the Tokyo suburb of Hachioji.In late November, an instructional session to help ready the Phase 10 i-ROAD Test Drive Pilots to take their vehicles out on the road was convened at the Toyota Tokyo Design Research Laboratory in the Tokyo suburb of Hachioji.
With a bit of unseasonable snow remaining on the ground, the training for these i-ROAD Pilots began by showing them basic pointers for tooling around Tokyo in their trusty i-ROAD units.
First off, they were treated to rundowns of new services set for introduction from this latest phase. That included so-called "partitioned use of four-wheeler parking lots," "access to motorcycle bays" and other new parking opportunities realized through collaboration with parking facility owners, the "SMILE LOCK" service for shared use of electrical sockets and more. This information clearly elevated the sense of excitement and anticipation among the Test Drive Pilots as they waited to be cleared to take to the wilds of Tokyo.
As the briefing came to a close, the Pilots climbed into their assigned i-ROADs at last. Nestling in behind the wheel, a steady stream of exclamations of surprise and smiles soon erupted in reaction to the unique and special driving sensations of the i-ROADs being experienced for the first time.
Meanwhile, besides family units selected to operate the "i-ROAD for Two" models, participants in the Phase 10 group also included several corporations. This added even greater diversity to the Pilot lineup, with everyone sharing equally in eagerness to simply get out and drive. Thankfully they didn’t have to wait much longer, with the curtain soon raised on the Phase 10 Test Drive program. As they drove off the laboratory course track, all Pilot minds turned to what would lie ahead over the next month, as they shared their driving and other everyday routines with the i-ROAD.
ISSUED ： 09 December 2016