Toyota Winglet Robots

Automotive Design 6 Aug 2008
Toyota Winglet Robots

Toyota has unveiled the ‘Winglet’, a range of personal transport assistance robots ridden in a standing position. The three models presented could preview a production unit to be launched in the early 2010s.


(cover image: the Toyota Winglet S Robot)

Toyota Winglet L RobotFrom the official Press Release:

The Winglet, still currently under development, is a compact everyday transport tool that is easy to operate and allows users to expand their range of mobility.

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 that allow consumers to select a model appropriate to their needs – from “practical” to “hands-free sporty”.

Toyota Winglet M RobotToyota plans various technical and consumer trials to gain feedback during the Winglet’s lead-up to practical use.

The Winglet is one of Toyota’s people-assisting Partner Robots.

Toyota is pursuing sustainability in research and development, manufacturing and social contribution as part of its concept to accomplish “sustainability in three areas” and to help contribute to the health and comfort of future society.  

The Toyota Partner Robot development is being carried out with this in mind and applies the company’s approach to monozukuri (“making things”), which includes its mobility, production and other technologies.

Toyota aims to have its Partner Robots in practical use in the early 2010s by furthering its robotic development and strengthening collaboration between industry, government and academia.

Winglet Specifications

Model

“S”

“M”

“L”

Length (mm)

265

265

265

Width (mm)

464

464

464

Height (mm)

462

680

1,130

Weight (kg)

9.9

12.3

12.3

Maximum cruising
speed (km/h)

6

Turning radius (m)

0 (able to rotate within its own space)

Cruising range (km)*

5

10

10

Charging time

1 hour (full charge)

* varies with surface condition and user weight

(Source: Toyota)

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