Toyota is gearing up for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo by unveiling a specially designed shuttle called the Accessible People Mover (APM).
Designed to transport athletes, staff and visitors between venues and events, the APM is a battery electric vehicle with a relatively open design. The driver sits alone up front in the center of the vehicle, while there are two rows of seats behind them. This setup enables the AMP to carry up to five passengers at a time.
Since the games will be attended by a wide range of people – including the elderly and handicapped – the AMP has been designed to be wheelchair friendly. The second row seat folds forward to make room for a wheelchair, while access to the vehicle is provided by a ramp which is integrated into the side sills.
Besides the passenger model, there will be a so-called “Relief” variant. It features a stretcher and room for two medical technicians.
Approximately 200 APMs will be used during the Olympics and each measures approximately 12.8 feet (3.9 meters) long, 5.2 feet (1.6 meters) wide and 6.6 feet (2.0 meters) tall. Toyota didn’t release detailed performance specifications, but confirmed the shuttle will have a range of 62 miles (100 km) and a top speed of 12 mph (19 km/h).
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The AMP is a ‘last mile’ vehicle and was developed as part of the company’s Mobility for All initiative. It’s just the latest in a long line of Toyota models used in support of the Olympics as eight Mirai FCVs were delivered to the International Olympic Committee earlier this year. In the past, Toyota delivered 95 vehicles for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and 1,520 vehicles for the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano.