The trial takes its cue from European-style, "take-it-here, leave-it-there" services that allow users to pick up bicycles from the roadside and leave them at their destination for the next user.
Futuristic one-seater, electric-powered Toyota cars take the place of bicycles in the Tokyo study, a joint project between Japan’s largest car-sharing service provider Park24 Co. and the transport ministry. The study, which will continue for one year, will examine how the service is used.
Approximately three-meter-wide parking spaces have been specially set up at three locations on spaces in Tokyo.
The trial is available exclusively to members of the Times Car Plus car-sharing service, operated by Park24. Members can park the cars at the service’s 88 hubs in Tokyo.
A choice of two cars are available--Toyota Motor Corp.’s i-Road, or Toyota Auto Body Co.’s super-compact electric vehicle Coms.
Fees start from 206 yen for 15 minutes.
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