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Toyota introduces LPG hybrid taxi for Japan

Toyota introduces LPG hybrid t...
The Toyota JPN Taxis a natural gas-electric hybrid, designed to cut down smog in the Tokyo region
The Toyota JPN Taxis a natural gas-electric hybrid, designed to cut down smog in the Tokyo region
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The Toyota JPN Taxi has been revamped for the new model offering
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The Toyota JPN Taxi has been revamped for the new model offering
An easier-access design and expanded rear hatch are part of the upgrades for the new JPN Taxi from Toyota
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An easier-access design and expanded rear hatch are part of the upgrades for the new JPN Taxi from Toyota
The Toyota JPN Taxis a natural gas-electric hybrid, designed to cut down smog in the Tokyo region
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The Toyota JPN Taxis a natural gas-electric hybrid, designed to cut down smog in the Tokyo region
The new-generation Toyota JPN Taxi continues with the previous tradition of passenger comfort and mobility that exemplifies Japanese taxi services
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The new-generation Toyota JPN Taxi continues with the previous tradition of passenger comfort and mobility that exemplifies Japanese taxi services
A new lane-specific congestion system for traffic monitoring is being tested in the new JPN Taxi
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A new lane-specific congestion system for traffic monitoring is being tested in the new JPN Taxi
The 2018 Toyota JPN Taxi has liquefied natural gas tanks behind the rear seats and an LPG-burning engine and hybrid powertrain up front
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The 2018 Toyota JPN Taxi has liquefied natural gas tanks behind the rear seats and an LPG-burning engine and hybrid powertrain up front
A large swing-out rear door gives easier access to passengers on the right-hand side of the JPN Taxi
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A large swing-out rear door gives easier access to passengers on the right-hand side of the JPN Taxi
The cargo area of the JPN Taxi includes enough space for a wheelchair
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The cargo area of the JPN Taxi includes enough space for a wheelchair
Changes to the pillars and moving the side mirrors towards the fenders helps improve driver visibility in the JPN Taxi
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Changes to the pillars and moving the side mirrors towards the fenders helps improve driver visibility in the JPN Taxi
The driver's cockpit of the JPN Taxi is geared towards ergonomics and workflow
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The driver's cockpit of the JPN Taxi is geared towards ergonomics and workflow
In the base model of the Toyota JPN Taxi, the front seating and cockpit area are well-defined with few distractions
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In the base model of the Toyota JPN Taxi, the front seating and cockpit area are well-defined with few distractions
Standard and optional equipment in the upper trim level for the JPN Taxi add navigation, an integrated meter, and more
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Standard and optional equipment in the upper trim level for the JPN Taxi add navigation, an integrated meter, and more
Standard colors for the JPN Taxi include limousine black
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Standard colors for the JPN Taxi include limousine black
Limousine white is another common color option for the JPN Taxi
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Limousine white is another common color option for the JPN Taxi
The JPN Taxi's design is meant to be functional and limousine-like in its look
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The JPN Taxi's design is meant to be functional and limousine-like in its look
The left-side rear door slides open to allow a large entrance for the JPN Taxi and can include an integrated wheelchair ramp for access
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The left-side rear door slides open to allow a large entrance for the JPN Taxi and can include an integrated wheelchair ramp for access
The fare meter in the JPN Taxi is positioned so that everyone in the car can view it, giving transparency to passengers
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The fare meter in the JPN Taxi is positioned so that everyone in the car can view it, giving transparency to passengers
Rear seating in the JPN Taxi is aimed towards volume and comfort, with integrated USB and standard 12V plugs found for each passenger
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Rear seating in the JPN Taxi is aimed towards volume and comfort, with integrated USB and standard 12V plugs found for each passenger
Here, rear luggage space is further illustrated with the inclusion of two checked bags in the back of the JPN Taxi
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Here, rear luggage space is further illustrated with the inclusion of two checked bags in the back of the JPN Taxi
Two full golf bags can also be accommodated in the JPN Taxi's cargo area
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Two full golf bags can also be accommodated in the JPN Taxi's cargo area
Optional wheelchair access for the JPN Taxi is illustrated here
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Optional wheelchair access for the JPN Taxi is illustrated here
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Toyota has unveiled the production version of the JPN Taxi concept for the Tokyo Motor Show, using a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and electric drivetrain to achieve 19.4 km/l (45.6 mpg, 5.51 l/100km). Safety equipment is also a big part of this new taxi model. It will enter Japanese dealerships immediately.

The JPN Taxi sports some features for rider comfort and driver ergonomics as well. A low, flat floor makes it easy for customers to enter and exit the taxi, and the wide-opening rear power sliding door on the left side aids that further and also accommodates an optional wheelchair ramp.

Toyota moved the pillars and side mirrors on the new JPN to improve the driver's visibility. In the driver's cockpit, dashboard instrumentation and telematics are set for easier use and to keep the driver's eyes on the road. The integrated taxi meter is visible by everyone in the vehicle.

Exhibited at the Tokyo Motor Show will be both trim levels for the JPN Taxi, the Standard and Premium. Each offers differing amounts of accoutrements and both will have an LPN-hybrid option for the drivetrain.

The fare meter in the JPN Taxi is positioned so that everyone in the car can view it, giving transparency to passengers
The fare meter in the JPN Taxi is positioned so that everyone in the car can view it, giving transparency to passengers

The liquefied petroleum gas engine replaces gasoline or diesel with LPN storage in the rear of the vehicle. The combustion engine and hybrid components are otherwise up front and the taxi is of front-wheel drive design.

Going with the JPN Taxi is a Toyota initiative for lane-specific traffic-congestion information in cooperation with the Hire-Taxi Associations of Japan. This project began in April of 2017 and will be integrated into the JPN's TC Smartphone Navigation app.

The information for the traffic congestion app is collected through a combination of analyzed driving video and vehicle data from 500 taxis currently operating in the Tokyo metropolitan area. Service in all JPN Taxis that have opted for it will begin in the second quarter of 2018. It will operate through the same data communications module (DCM) as that already in most Toyota vehicles sold commercially since 2005. This new system will be Tokyo-specific, but may roll out in other parts of Japan as Toyota analyzes usage data.

The traffic congestion information is collected through individual vehicles and transmitted to an artificially intelligent system which analyzes the data. It then generates not only traffic conditions for segments of roadway, as with current-generation traffic information systems, but also lane-specifics including vehicle density, average speeds, construction, temporary closures, and so on. These are then transmitted to other vehicles with the DCM, updating their navigation alerts with the latest.

Source: Toyota

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2 comments
Spod
This was the perfect opportunity to do a pure EV taxi, it seems Toyota just can't let go of high maintenance ICE based vehicles.
JimFox
Step in the right direction. LPG is not a good choice as it has low energy density and produces the same types of pollution as petrol. Pity nothing was said about battery size, capacity or range...