Experiencing a tilting vehicle
Driving on city roads on a personal vehicle which tilts at turns comes with a feeling of security and control, much more than on a regular vehicle. As a driver, you sense the width of the vehicle and go around easily between other cars. The stability on turns is felt even at low velocities and you feel the vehicle as a part of you.
We were told unofficially by the operators that most users preferred the i-Road, which is indeed harder to reserve relative to the Coms. From witnesses of others too, driving the i-Road is pleasant and comfortable. The drawback of the i-Road relative to the COMS is shorter travel distance, probably due to its tilting energy consumption.
I experienced such a vehicle in the city of Grenoble, France, where Toyota introduced a few dozen of personal electric i-Road vehicles and few other dozens of COMS cars on a car sharing rental system run by an urban transport system named Ha:mo. The COMS is a one seat small personal vehicle, wider than the i-Road and does not tilt at turns. The driving sensation on it is not as good and at turns you feel the need to slow down to prevent rolling over.
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By Tal Meron