Tokyo, TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (TMC) is putting the final
touches on the late-May start of its "Crayon" (named after the
image of "drawing a picture of mobility that has a dream" for the 21st century),
EV Commuter System, a 21st century-minded, environment-friendly mobility system
that combines the small EV commuter, "e-com", and a computer, a smart card, a
global positioning unit, and more.
In the vicinity of the company's head office in Toyota City,
Aichi Prefecture, will direct the project, which features GPS and mobile
phone-enhanced location management system.
Crayon is intended for common use by many
people - and is Internet operated and comprises a variety of systems, including
- Reservation & Recharging Management Systems-based on office
PCs and terminals located in specialized e-com depots.
- IC Card system-in which members carry a special card that can
be used as a car key or for inputting reservations or other information.
- Location Management System-using MONET Toyota information and
communications network, through which the Crayon Center (a movement management
center) can track the location of each vehicle.
- Real-time Information Provision System-based on VICS (vehicle
information and communications system) and MONET
- Charge Billing System-customers are billed for charges based on
accumulated time of use.
Crayon is highly adaptable and can be
expanded to include a variety of other applications as well:
The Crayon EV Commuter System is an EV
shared-use transportation system, with quiet operation and no engine emissions,
places a minimal burden on the environment. Its introduction is being
considered in a number of locations, for business use in metropolitan areas and
for tourist use in resort regions. It can also be used as a short-distance mode
of transportation for shopping or trips to and from the nearest train station in
residential or housing development communities.
Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) will use
Crayon's experimental operation, and will widely disclose its
results, to improve the e-com and the Crayon system. TMC will
consider opinions from a broad range of sources concerning applications and
other issues, and will expand the range of uses for the system in the future. Subscribe to
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