From the month of April’15 the city of Tokyo, is going to have a new car sharing service on its roads. No doubt at this stage, the service is only on a trial basis only. The service is going to be tested with an ultra-compact vehicle which is battery operated and three-wheeled. It is developed by Park24 Co which is a parking lot operator and the auto giant Toyota Motor Corporation. This three-wheeled vehicle is designed with beautiful features with ease of use and flexibility. It will pair with Times Car Plus Service, which is run by Park24 Co. and will allow its members to utilize the service at any point of time. The test is also going to have some elements from Toyota’s Ha: mo which is well-known as an optimized urban transport system to handle the congestion of traffic on city roads with ease.
The trial phase of this service is going to be launched on April 10 and will be in effect till the month of September. During this testing phase various data such as usage by different people, their feedback about the service, its feasibility on the road, will be collected and analyzed. The testing phase will also help to use this data to bring certain changes such as any modification in the service, vehicle or activity if requires. It will also contribute to checking the user activity style and receptiveness about this new system. The data will also help to understand the viability and usefulness of the project, in the long run. This system focuses on a one-way transportation facility only, and therefore it will be used for sightseeing and commercial transportation in particular areas. The user can pick up the service from the Yurakucho ITOCiA Times Station and can return it to any of the five destinations provided which are Yurakucho ITOCiA, Asakusa, Tokyo Dome City, Odaiba Palette Town and Tokyo Tower.
According to the market sources, The Park24 is going to offer this service to Times Car Plus members in the corporate category and a few individual members. The system will have online booking for users to check for the availability of service, reservation and specific sign up for mandatory i-road training courses. The service will be charging 412 yen for a unit of 15 minutes, and it can be booked for a maximum period of two and a half hour.
The Park24 is a leading company that has a parking lot network across the Japan and it has created the Car sharing service Times Car Plus as its mobility services for people with the aim of the convenience of the general public. Now collectively both the services have approximately 430,000 members. It offers these members a vast variety of vehicles which include imported as well as compact vehicles. Hence, in the field of car sharing the company possesses extensive experience.
The basic aim of this system is to improve mobility of people and vehicle, get free from traffic jam and lower air pollution. The Ha: mo system is going to link public and private transportations.