How Can the Future of Mobility be Transformed via Collaboration with a Major Corporate Player in City Creation?
~ Mori Building Employees Participate as i-ROAD Test Drive Pilots ~

Test Drive Pilots

The "OPEN ROAD PROJECT" is an increasingly diversified vision being advanced with the vast metropolis of Tokyo as the staging ground.
From the very outset, Mori Building Co., Ltd. has been a pivotal partner in this project through the supply of parking spaces, charging environments and other hardware support at the Roppongi Hills, Toranomon Hills and Ark Hills building complexes in central Tokyo.
Now, on this occasion, employees from Mori Building, a corporation long celebrated for its pioneering exploits in the domain of "creation and nurturing of a city," have embarked on an initiative aimed at utilizing the i-ROAD as a means of transportation on business and in other commercial applications.
The "OPEN ROAD PROJECT" is an increasingly diversified vision being advanced with the vast metropolis of Tokyo as the staging ground. From the very outset, Mori Building Co., Ltd. has been a pivotal partner in this project through the supply of parking spaces, charging environments and other hardware support at the Roppongi Hills, Toranomon Hills and Ark Hills building complexes in central Tokyo. Now, on this occasion, employees from Mori Building, a corporation long celebrated for its pioneering exploits in the domain of "creation and nurturing of a city," have embarked on an initiative aimed at utilizing the i-ROAD as a means of transportation on business and in other commercial applications.

The issues surrounding urban mobility are hardly limited to automakers. They pose shared themes for companies engaged in "city creation" development endeavors as well, with a large and growing number of firms clearly aware of how shifts in mobility are directly linked to the future of our city landscapes and lifestyles.

One of these companies is Mori Building. Over the decades, this corporate entity has consistently conveyed its wisdom and understanding that "smart and proper approaches to urban mobility" are essential elements in considering city lifestyles over the years to come.

One case in point is the "Innovative City Forum 2016" – an international conference sponsored by Mori Building as a means of probing the impending prospects for cities. Within the Forum’s agenda, the company offers a program based on the challenging theme of "Why and How Will People Move Around?" This phase of the gathering provides a precious opportunity for spirited discussions and other exchanges of views on how urban mobility will evolve on the strength of the sharing economy, advances in automatic driving and other progress, and the resulting changes in our city surroundings.

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One of the factors behind this stance by Mori Building can be found in the fact that the company has supplied parking spaces in its aforementioned Roppongi Hills, Toranomon Hills and Ark Hills building complexes from Stage 1 of the OPEN ROAD PROJECT. The access to such space has been steadily continued to date, with employees of Mori Building also coming onboard to participate as test-drive pilots from Stage 2. These personnel of Mori Building, the owner and operator of numerous office buildings and commercial facilities in central Tokyo, will be using i-ROAD units to shuttle between those facilities on business. In that capacity, they will conduct their own studies on the needs and receptivity of shared use of such an ultra-compact vehicle from the perspective of seasoned urban development professionals.

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This represents a unique new partnership by two companies devoted to the pursuit of potent resolutions for the issues faced by today’s cities, aimed at defining a viable and progressive future for urban environments.

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TEXT BY Yui Sato (contributor)
PHOTOGRAPHS BY Yuta Nishida

ISSUED : 07 April 2017