Toyota has unveiled the "Winglet", a personal-transport assistance-robot that is ridden in a standing position.
The Winglet, still under development, is a compact transport tool that's easy to operate and allows users to expand their mobility.
The Winglet consists of a body that houses an electric motor, two wheels and internal sensors to monitor the user's position and make adjustments to ensure stability.
A unique parallel-link mechanism allows the rider to go forward, backward and turn simply by shifting body weight, making the vehicle safe even in tight spaces or crowded environments.
Toyota has created three models, the "L", "M" and "S", each having different handling features that allow consumers to select a model appropriate to their needs - from "practical" to "hands-free sporty".Toyota plans various technical and consumer trials to gain feedback before the Winglet's launch.
Toyota is pursuing sustainability in research and development, manufacturing and social contribution as part of its concept to accomplish "sustainability in three areas" and to help contribute to the health and comfort of future society.
Toyota aims to have its Partner Robots in practical use early in the next decade.
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