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TOTO's Toilet Trike hits Japanese streets

The toilet trike will hit the Japanese roads in the coming days, making its way from Kyushu to Tokyo (Image: TOTO)
The toilet trike will hit the Japanese roads in the coming days, making its way from Kyushu to Tokyo (Image: TOTO)
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The toilet trike will hit the Japanese roads in the coming days, making its way from Kyushu to Tokyo (Image: TOTO)
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The toilet trike will hit the Japanese roads in the coming days, making its way from Kyushu to Tokyo (Image: TOTO)
And as if having a toilet as the rider's seat wasn't enough to attract attention, the bike also features a LED lamp mounted on a column at the rear of the bike (Image: TOTO)
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And as if having a toilet as the rider's seat wasn't enough to attract attention, the bike also features a LED lamp mounted on a column at the rear of the bike (Image: TOTO)
TOTO's Toilet Bike Neo Project (Image: TOTO)
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TOTO's Toilet Bike Neo Project (Image: TOTO)
The toilet road bike is fueled by "biogas" generated from the toilet waste (Image: TOTO)
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The toilet road bike is fueled by "biogas" generated from the toilet waste (Image: TOTO)
TOTO's "Toilet Bike Neo" (Image: TOTO)
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TOTO's "Toilet Bike Neo" (Image: TOTO)
This crazy idea, which actually works, is designed to promote TOTO's mission to reduce bathroom CO2 emissions (Image: TOTO)
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This crazy idea, which actually works, is designed to promote TOTO's mission to reduce bathroom CO2 emissions (Image: TOTO)
TOTO's "Toilet Bike Neo" (image from TOTO)
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TOTO's "Toilet Bike Neo" (image from TOTO)
The Toilet Bike Neo will remain a one-and-only prototype to be used as a promotional tool for TOTO (Image: TOTO)
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The Toilet Bike Neo will remain a one-and-only prototype to be used as a promotional tool for TOTO (Image: TOTO)
An LED lamp mounted on a column at the rear of the bike, which is used to create the impression of a floating message as the bike zooms past (Image: TOTO)
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An LED lamp mounted on a column at the rear of the bike, which is used to create the impression of a floating message as the bike zooms past (Image: TOTO)
The Toilet Bike Neo will remain a one-and-only prototype to be used as a promotional tool for TOTO (Image: TOTO)
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The Toilet Bike Neo will remain a one-and-only prototype to be used as a promotional tool for TOTO (Image: TOTO)
The toilet trike will hit the Japanese roads in the coming days, making its way from Kyushu to Tokyo (Image: TOTO)
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The toilet trike will hit the Japanese roads in the coming days, making its way from Kyushu to Tokyo (Image: TOTO)

If you think this smells like a PR stunt, you're right. In an effort to raise awareness about bathroom emissions and water savings, Japanese toilet manufacturer TOTO has created the Toilet Bike Neo Project ... yep, it's a road-going, three-wheeled toilet fueled by "biogas" generated from the toilet waste.

The toilet trike will hit the Japanese roads in the coming days, making its way from Kyushu to Tokyo with many press stops along the way.

And as if having a toilet as the rider's seat isn't enough to attract attention, the bike also features an LED lamp mounted on a column at the rear which is used to create the impression of a floating message as the bike zooms past. The rider will also be able to keep informed of the latest stock prices or weather reports as this toilet talks.

The Toilet Bike Neo will remain a one-and-only prototype to be used as a promotional tool for TOTO, so we needn't worry about future toilet trikes zooming down our highways. The talking toilet feature, on the other hand, is included in most of TOTO's latest toilet creations.

The toilet road bike is fueled by "biogas" generated from the toilet waste (Image: TOTO)
The toilet road bike is fueled by "biogas" generated from the toilet waste (Image: TOTO)

To follow the bike's journey across Japan, you can read the TOTO blog here.

TOTO's stated mission is to reduce bathroom CO2 emissions to 50% less than the recorded levels in 1990 by the year 2017.

Via Spoon & Tamago

4 comments
agulesin
Best way to reduce bathroom emissions is farting somewhere else... :-)) Sorry but couldn\'t resist it... now for my (not much) more serious comment: Will the driver be fed solely on beans for the duration of the trip? :-))
agulesin
Those front mudguard-mounted plates were banned in the UK many years ago - presumably because they cut pedestrians which the bike had hit in half too easily...
Bill Bennett
I hope it is a low volume 1.6 litre flush toilet
Gregg Eshelman
Whenever I see TOTO, I think of the band, not the Japanese toilet company. One formed in 1917, the other in 1977.
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