Tokyo Motor Show 2011 2011 Toyota and Yamaha are collaborating together

Nov 30, 2011
Author: Evgeniy Sherstobitov
Photos: Yamaha
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Toyota Motor Corporation and Yamaha Motor are collaborating in the development of Communications-linked next-generation vehicles with the aim of building a new mobility society of the future. The objectives of this collaboration between TMC and Yamaha Motor are threefold. The first is to build a comprehensive information infrastructure early on, in which vehicles made by both TMC and Yamaha Motor can share the same charging infrastructure and integration with the Toyota Smart Center3. The second objective is to establish new transportation systems, including those to aid vehicle sharing system. The third is to reduce development costs for IT services.

The two companies plan to start verification tests in the near future, with an eye toward commercialization of Communications-linked products and IT services.

Vehicle navigation and telematics services that use smartphones and Wi-Fi communications will be made available to certain Yamaha Motor-produced vehicles to provide information such as charging-station location, charging-station availability and charging-completion notification. The two companies will also work toward expanding charging infrastructure, such as the "G-Station" charging station to be provided by Toyota Media Service Corporation for use with EVs and PHVs, that can be shared by both two-wheeled vehicles and automobiles.

In addition, various types of communications-linked services will be offered, including distribution of vehicle-sharing information (reservations, charging status/authentication, and payment) and uploading of diagnostic information to be used for vehicle maintenance.

Two concept vehicles will be displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show.

This is a concept model Yamaha proposes to expand the potential for electric commuter models in urban lifestyles. Positioned in the 50cc (Gentsuki) class, it has two rear wheels for a stable, easy ride that women will especially enjoy. It is designed in the image of the flow of wind with a compact size that makes it a breeze to handle. It’s an “easy on me and easy on the environment” vehicle that will be perfect for those little daily errands around town.

Here is a concept model that proposes a new way of enjoying today’s increasingly popular electrically power assisted bicycles. To complement its practicality for everyday commuting or shopping trips, this model is designed to fold up easily to fit on the train, bus, or your car when you travel. To make the bike foldable, the motor of its power unit is built into the front wheel hub in a sophisticated design that is both functional and stylish.

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