Toyota Accessible People Mover for 2020 Tokyo Olympics; pure EV for last-mile transportation
Toyota will be supporting the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games with a new product developed especially for the occasion, the Accessible People Mover, or APM. This facilitates last-mile transport for attendees of the Games’ forthcoming edition, not just for athletes and staff, but also for the elderly, the pregnant, people with impairments, families with small children or otherwise anyone with accessibility needs.
Approximately 200 APMs will be deployed during the 2020 Games to support transportation of visitors and staff between various facilities, including event and competition venues as well as non-event official sites such as the Olympic Village.
There will be two specifications for the APM – the first is a basic model that will accommodate either one driver and five passengers or a driver, two passengers and a wheelchair user, while the second is a relief specification for an occupant in need of first aid.
The first basic specification features three row seating, where the first is the driver in front, and the second row comprises seating for three, and the third row with seating for two. This layout can be altered to accommodate a wheelchair user by folding the second row bench while the third row remains in place. A wheelchair access ramp extends from under the floor, just aft of the safety bar.
The relief specification APM will accommodate a driver, two relief staff and one relief seeker; this has been designed for two relief staff to sit directly adjacent to the stretcher, says Toyota.
In both cases, the APM’s driver’s seat is in a central, elevated position in order for its driver to see his or her passengers and support their needs as they get into or out of the vehicle. Both have similar exterior dimensions at 3.9 m long, 1.6 m wide and 2.0 m tall, with a range of 100 km and a minimum turning radius of 4.8 m. Top speed of the APM is 19 km/h.
A closer look at the APM also reveals what appears to be an airless tyre design, which Bridgestone had previously said it aims to bring to market in 2019, albeit for the bicycle sector. Previous airless concepts include the Hankook iFlex of 2015, and the Michelin Tweel which appeared in 2005.
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