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Toyota Designs New “APM” Mobility Vehicle

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Toyota is supporting the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 with a specially-designed “APM” mobility vehicle, as a “last one-mile” transport to provide relief to staff and visitors.

Toyota Motor Corporation, who is a worldwide partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, announced their support of Tokyo 2020 with the development of the “APM” (Accessible People Mover), a mobility vehicle designed for use specifically at the games.

To provide “Mobility for All,” approximately 200 APMs will be deployed during the Games as a “last one-mile” solution to help transport as many people as possible to events and venues, like the Olympic Village. These people can range from athletes and staff related to the Games to visitors with accessibility needs, such as the elderly, people with impairments, pregnant women, and families with small children, among others. A part of the fleet of APMs will be used for relief activities at the events and venues during summer.

The APM is a low-speed, short-distance battery electric vehicle (BEV) with 100 km of range, a 4.8 m turning radius, and a maximum speed of 19 km/h. The basic APM model features three rows of seating and can fit up to five passengers or accommodate one wheelchair rider and two additional passengers besides the driver. When used for passengers in wheelchairs, the seats will fold to create room in the second row, and the vehicle is fitted with wheelchair anchor plates and ramps to enable optimal access.

The “Relief” APM will reserve half of the second and third-row space for a secured stretcher to help convey people seeking relief in a stable manner, along with two relief staff workers.

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