Its body is even more compact than that of the iQ, but drive-by-wire technology means that there are no throttle or brake pedals, so there’s room on board to seat four. This technology means that even the steering will be controlled using a joystick.
There are futuristic electric sliding doors on both sides, and an additional window below the level of the windscreen that gives extra forward visibility. What we really like, though, is the way the rear visibility’s been thought out: the rear lamp clusters are see-through LED units. These both look great and improve safety.
Top speed is above 60mph and a fully-charged battery will give a range of more than 50 miles, which is ample for most urban journeys. The ride is quiet and comfortable with smooth acceleration, thanks to Toyota-developed motor control technology, itself part of the hybrid system that already exists in Prius and is to exist in the forthcoming Auris HSD.