Toyota i-Real Makes Everyone Look Like Professor X

Here's Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama driving around in Toyota's i-Real personal-mobility device, telling guests "You will come to my school, learn to control your manufacturing costs, and eat fabulous sushi." (Photo Credit: TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images) » 12/30/09 5:30pm 12/30/09 5:30pm

Seven Concept Cars Of Future Past

Concept cars aren't just a chance for automakers to show us where they're going. In bolder times, they've been a platform for showing where they think the whole world is headed. » 8/25/09 2:00pm 8/25/09 2:00pm

Tokyo Motor Show: Toyota i-Real Concept Demo

One of Toyota's cadre of well-dressed reps present in Tokyo show us how the i-Real concept chair works. A promo video had just shown a freaky, albeit fictional, courtship ritual between two, blond Europeans who apparently met on their i-Reals, then gave birth to a several offspring, each of whom they named Herman… » 10/25/07 10:00am 10/25/07 10:00am

Tokyo Motor Show: Toyota i-Real Can't Hide From us Behind a Fortress of…

The Toyota i-Real concept chair proved an elusive target to photograph at the Toyota press conference yesterday here in Tokyo. In front of the chair and the stage stood throngs of Japanese press eagerly awaiting the emergence of Toyota chairman, Katsuaki "Ken" Watanabe, denying the shot to all but the highest-powered… » 10/25/07 9:00am 10/25/07 9:00am

Ecooter To Revolutionize Transportation, Does Not Look Like Ben Jones

Despite the fact that it hardly resembles its namesake, noted actor and former congressional candidate Ben Jones, the Ecooter brings together some old technology in a surprising new way. By mounting its four wheels in a diamond pattern, rather than the traditional square, it's able to lean through high speed corners… » 10/17/07 4:00pm 10/17/07 4:00pm

Tokyo Auto Show Preview: Toyota i-REAL Concept Car...Chair...Thing

Toyota's Tokyo Auto Show concept madness continues today with the i-Real "personal mobility vehicle" — it's a continuation of Toyota's whole personal mobility development that started with the PM, then following up with the i-unit and following through on the i-swing. The i-Real has three wheels and a short wheelbase… » 10/11/07 9:45am 10/11/07 9:45am