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Toyota Supports Tokyo 2020 with Specially-designed "APM" Mobility Vehicle

In a bid to make 2020 Olympic memorable, fun and exciting, Toyota Motors have partnered with the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games Team to make unique shuttle buses during the fiesta.

The automaker unveiled the shuttle bus which will be used at the event and it is called APM (Accessible People Mover), it is an all-electric vehicle it designed especially for next summer's event. The open-air, three-row vehicle can reach speeds of up to 12 mph and accommodate up to five passengers. Each car is powered by lithium-ion batteries and can run 100 kilometers on a single charge. A fleet of 200 APMs will be used to transport people to different competitions and the Olympic Village.


Unsurprisingly, Toyota's APM isn't meant for the masses. The open-air vehicles resemble large golf carts, rather than futuristic vessels of public transportation. There's a good reason why. Toyota intends it to be a "last mile" solution for staff and athletes, as well as visitors with accessibility needs -- such as the disabled, pregnant women, the elderly or families with small children. Each APM can accommodate a wheelchair or a stretcher and includes an access ramp.

This transportation solution will no doubt be vital for disabled athletes and guests.

Toyota is expected to reveal even more innovations ahead of the event, including a flying car that will light up the Olympic torch and robots that can bring food and drinks to guests. The automaker is even planning on building robots that can assist guests in wheelchairs. With any luck, the 2020 Olympic Games will be a demonstration of technology's real-life impacts -- and not just futuristic whimsy.





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