Toyota 'Winglet' personal transport assistance robot
The Winglet consists of a body (with a projected area the size of an A3 sheet of paper) that houses an electric motor, two wheels and internal sensors that constantly monitor the user’s position and make adjustments in power 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 and useful even in tight spaces or crowded environments.
Toyota has created three models, the “L”, “M” and “S”, each having different handling features ranging from practical to sporty. Designers are now conducting various technical and consumer trials to gain feedback in the lead-up to a possible market launch around 2010.