Toyota develops APM for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

By CARSIFU | 19 July 2019

TOKYO: Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), the partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, is developing the Accessible People Mover (APM) - a fully-electric mobility vehicle designed expressly for use during the games.

Through the games, the Japanese carmaker aims to provide all people with Mobility for All by offering a “last one mile” solution and once developed, the APM will measure in around 3,900mm-long, 1,600mm-wide and 2,000mm-tall with a top speed of 19kph and up to 100km of pure electric range.

This helps to transport as many people as possible to events and venues, including athletes, staff, the elderly, people with impairments, pregnant women, and families with small children among others.

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It is also anticipated that one part of the fleet of APMs will be used for relief activities at events/venues during summer.

During the Games, Toyota will employ approximately 200 APMs, to support the transportation of visitors and staff to and around various facilities, including events or competitions and the Olympic Village.

The APM is basically a low-speed, short-distance battery electric vehicle (BEV) that features three-row seating.

The driver's seat is in the first row while the second row provides seating for three and two for the third row for a total seating capacity of six people - five passengers and one driver.

When used for passengers in wheelchairs, the configuration can be modified by folding the seats to allow the wheelchair rider in the second row.

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For safety, the position of the driver’s seat has been elevated and centrally located in order to allow the driver to see passengers and support their individual needs as they enter/exit the vehicle.

Passenger seats are accessible from both sides of the vehicle, and the overall design considers varying customers’ needs, with safety bars on both sides to help passengers while entering and exiting the vehicle.

There is also the fitment of wheelchair anchor plates and ramps to allow for optimal access and transportation of wheelchair passengers.

For relief activities during the games, a stretcher can be attached to the vehicle while space for it has been reserved the second and third rows as well as for two relief staff workers to sit adjacent to the stretcher.

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