Toyota i-Road
Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, the Toyota i-Road concept pulled something of a coup by managing to take the automobile industry’s attention away from the supercars on show with its unique “Active Lean” self-leaning system designed to automatically balance it when cornering or travelling over rough surfaces. An electric three-wheeler with a closed canopy design, it is conceived as a space saving mode of transport for urban environments.

Pibal Bicycle by Philippe Starck and Peugeot
What do you get when you cross a bicycle with a scooter? The answer is the Pibal, a hybrid of the two that is designed for the cyclist to pedal as normal or, when the traffic is heavy, use the low platform to push themselves along with one foot. Conceived in collaboration with Peugeot, the Pibal was commissioned by the city of Bordeaux which will use it in a free cycle scheme. “Pibal is an answer to new urban ergonomics thanks to a lateral translation which allows oneself to pedal long distances, to scoot in pedestrian areas and to walk next to it, carrying a child or any load on its platform,” says Starck. “It only has the beauty of its intelligence, of its honesty and of its durability. Rustic and reliable, it's a new friend dedicated to the future Bordeaux expectations.”

Casple Podadera Folding Car
Because even a Smart Car can sometimes be too big to fit into the tiny parking opportunities in urban metropolises around the world, the Spanish consortium Casple Group is working with designer Francisco Podadera on an electric city car that will be able to tuck its wheels under itself. When folded, the car will shrink itself by by about 15 inches to six-feet, three-inches long, or about two-and-a-half feet shorter than a Smart Fortwo. Although still at the concept stage, the Casple Podadera city car is designed to meet all safety requirements in terms of shock absoption and will have an 80-mile single-charge range as well as a top speed of 66 miles per hour.