Sep. 29, 2015

Park24 Co., Ltd.
Toyota Motor Corporation

Park24 and Toyota to Improve and Expand Tokyo Car Sharing Service Trial


Tokyo, September 29, 2015―Starting next month, Park24 Co., Ltd. and Toyota Motor Corporation will expand the scope and scale of their joint car sharing service trial in central Tokyo. In addition to continuing to use the Toyota i-Road, the service will now also make use of the COMS, a super-compact electric vehicle produced by Toyota Auto Body. A number of new locations have been added throughout central Tokyo, and the service's vehicle management system has been overhauled with several user-friendly updates. This phase of the trial is planned to run from October 20 through to the end of March 2016.

This new trial will make use of findings from the previous joint trial conducted from April to September of this year. As before, the service will incorporate elements of Toyota's low-carbon transport system, Ha:mo1, and vehicles can be reserved through Park24's Times Car Plus service, which allows members to use share cars at any time of day or night. Together with the wider range of vehicles and pick-up and drop-off stations, this phase will focus on improving user-friendliness by addressing specific issues, such as procedures for boarding the vehicles. The goal is to assess the service's ease of use with a view to meeting a wide variety of customer needs. This includes use for business, direct transportation to destinations such as commercial facilities, and integration with public transportation networks.

See below for main features and an outline of the differences between the new service and other existing services.

  1. Increased number of vehicles as well as pick-up and drop-off stations
  • In addition to the five available i-Road vehicles, 25 COMS vehicles will be added to the lineup to allow users to select the vehicle most suited to their tastes and needs.
  • Based on the results of feedback from user surveys, around 30 locations will be selected as pick-up and drop-off stations from hourly pay parking lots operated by Park24. In particular, the expansion will be centered on major railway stations such as Tokyo, Nihonbashi, Yurakucho, Hibiya, Ginza, Toyosu, Ariake, Odaiba, Monzen-nakacho, and Kiba. The project will be conducted on a one-way basis, meaning that it will be possible to pick up the vehicles from any participating station and drop them off at any participating station going in either direction.
  • The stations will take advantage of the compact size of the vehicles by making surplus space available within parking lots on an experimental basis. In addition, the trial will encompass the usage of links between railway stations and facilities pegged as likely destinations, as well as optimal location for stations with recharging capability.
  1. Expansion of membership
In addition to the increased number of vehicles and stations, COMS vehicles will now be available not only to corporate and selected individual Times Car Plus members, but to all individual members2.
  1. Improved vehicle management system
In this trial, an updated vehicle management system developed by Toyota for Ha:mo will be used. Instead of a membership card, users with smartphones3 that support Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon functionality can touch their smartphone to the vehicle to lock and unlock the vehicle.

Park24 and Toyota believe that this trial will aid in the construction of a new urban transportation network. The goal for this network is to provide freedom of transportation and to contribute to the creation of a low-carbon, high-convenience urban society.

Overview of Times Car Plus & Ha:mo Trial Program
Dates October 20, 2015 to March 31, 2016
Locations Around 30 stations, centered around Tokyo's Chiyoda ward (Yurakucho, Hibiya), Chuo ward (Nihonbashi, Hatchobori, Ginza, Tsukiji, and Kachidoki), Koto ward (Toyosu, Ariake, Shinonome, Monzen-nakacho, and Kiba), Minato ward (Odaiba), and Bunkyo ward (Koraku)
Number of vehicles
5 vehicles
25 vehicles
412 yen per unit of 15 minutes (consumption tax included)
206 yen per unit of 15 minutes (consumption tax included)
Toyota i-Road personal mobility concept
Length 2,345 mm
Width 870 mm
Height 1,455 mm
Maximum speed 60 km/h
Seating One person
Powertrain Electric motor
Toyota Auto Body COMS
Length 2,395 mm
Width 1,095 mm
Height 1,500 mm
Maximum speed 60 km/h
Seating One person
Powertrain Electric motor

1A transport system that optimally matches and connects personal vehicles and public transportation to achieve seamless and comfortable transportation. Toyota has been conducting trial operations in Toyota City since October 2012, and at present, using a vehicle management system that connects users with vehicles and parking stations, it is expanding the car sharing service using 100 of the Toyota Auto Body COMS units.

2A separate agreement with the terms of use for this car sharing service is necessary. In addition, proficient completion of a training course is required for use of the i-Road vehicles. These will be available through the TCP program, which rewards loyalty with special benefits, to users who have stage 2 or higher membership. TCP program:

3Users without a compatible smartphone can use the service with a conventional membership card from December 2015.

Downloads (Images)

  • i-Road
  • COMS