Toyota Unveils C+walk S in Japan to Aid Mobility

Toyota City, Japan, March 20, 2023―Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) announced today that it will release the C+walk S, a pedestrian-mobility-assistance model that is the second in the new C+walk mobility series. The C+walk S will go on sale at Toyota automobile dealers and be offered at rental and leasing stores from March 20, 2023*1.

In addition, Toyota has also improved the standing-type model C+walk T*2 as well as the C+pod*3. The C+walk T will go on sale in May*1 as a model that can operate on sidewalks along public roads in compliance with the revision of the Road Traffic Act that will take effect in April. C+pod became available for lease contracts on March 20*1.

C+walk S
C+walk S“Safety support”

Mobility for All

Against a background of Japan’s aging population, it was reported in a survey that approximately 20% of those aged 75 or older listed 100 m as the distance they could walk without difficulties*4. It was also reported that the percentage of those aged 75 or older who go out was 10% lower than those under the age of 65, and those without a driver’s license go out approximately 20% even less frequently*5. Physical ability tends to decline with age, which limits daily activities such as shopping and going out*6.

Toyota has continued to provide customers with a variety of options to bring “Mobility for All.” It offers mobility options to suit each customer’s stage of life, from the C+pod, which can be used easily as local transportation, to the C+walk series, which can be used on sidewalks. At the heart of this approach is the creation of a better mobility society centered on people. Toyota intends to expand the spheres of activity of their users, support their independence, and bring joy to as many people as possible.

Toyota is also working with corporations and local governments to research a new business model using the C+pod and C+walk series to address the needs of local communities together with Toyota dealers. For example, in cooperation with the local government, C+walk S has been used as a means to help residents and tourists move around Hanawa Town Station in Fukushima Prefecture since around April. Toyota will explore the potential of using these mobility vehicles to complement regional transportation in order to achieve a better mobility society.

Click here to view Toyota’s message for spreading new mobility (Japanese Only):

C+walk S

The C+walk S assists people who can walk on their own but have difficulty walking long distances and for long periods of time. It is a three-wheeled mobility vehicle that can travel on sidewalks*7 and easily assess the road surface conditions ahead. The C+walk S shares the form of the C+walk series, which blends in with its surroundings and the city, and travels at typical human walking speeds*8. It is designed so that it is comfortable to use in walking areas, facilitating side-by-side travel and communication with fellow pedestrians. The C+walk S is also equipped with obstacle detection safety functions that help avoid collisions with obstacles or pedestrians ahead.

C+walk S

C+walk T, C+pod

The C+walk T will undergo a size and maximum speed update in order to comply with requirements for small and slow mobility*9 that can be operated on sidewalks (public roads). The C+pod has also been enhanced through updates to the braking sensation when stepping on the brake pedal in addition to regulatory compliance.

  • C+walk T (concept model)

    C+walk T(concept model)
  • C+pod G <with options>

    C+pod G
*1The C+walk S will not be offered at all dealers and stores.
*2The first standing-type model in the C+walk series went on sale in October 2021. Traditional models cannot operate on sidewalks (public roads).
*3Changed to lease contracts in December 2021.
*4Distance that can be walked without rest or difficulties by older adults/non-older adults, from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism’s Handout from the 1st Study Group on Ensuring Mobility for Older Adults, “Characteristics of Living and Going Out Amongst Older Adults”
*5Going out rate by older adults/non-older adults and driver’s license ownership, surveyed by whether the respondent had gone out on the day of the survey (weekday), from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism’s Handout from the 1st Study Group on Ensuring Mobility for Older Adults, “Characteristics of Living and Going Out Amongst Older Adults”
*6From the Toyota Transportation Research Institute’s Toyota City Policy Proposal “Proposal for the Creation of a Welfare Town”
*7C+walk S falls under the electric wheelchair classification of the Road Traffic Act and is treated as a pedestrian.
*8Users can set the C+walk S‘s maximum traveling speed via a speed adjustment switch. C+walk S has six different speed settings from 1 to 6 km/h.
*9One of the new classifications in the revised Road Traffic Act that will take effect in April 2023. Small and slow mobility are affixed with a certification mark (sticker). They are treated as pedestrians under the Road Traffic Act (cannot travel on roadways). Vehicle requirements: Within 120 cm (length) x 70 cm (width) x 120 cm (height) (equivalent to electric wheelchairs), maximum speed of 6 km/h or less, etc.

C+walk S Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices


(Japanese yen)

Brushless DC

motor x 2

Lithium-ion batteryRear-wheel drive


“Safety support”505,000
◎: Model as shown in photo (excluding options)
*Includes consumption tax. Does not include recycling fees.


The C+pod is available on a lease agreement. Price plans vary by dealer. Please contact your local dealer or Toyota Rental & Lease Agency.

Reference: Manufacturer’s Suggested Reference Prices


(Japanese yen)


(Permanent magnet electric motor)

Lithium-ion batteryRear-wheel drive


◎: Model as shown in photo (excluding options)
*Includes consumption tax. Does not include recycling fees.

Overview of the C+walk S

  1. A form that blends in with pedestrians and walking areas
  • The C+walk S is a mobility vehicle that can be used in places where people gather. It shares the slim form of the C+walk series to ensure it does not stand out in its surroundings. It is a versatile package, designed with consideration for getting in and out of the vehicle. It features a low and wide step height of 130 mm, a seat position that makes it easy to stand and sit, and flip-up arm supports.
  • It has a three-wheeled configuration with one front and two rear wheels, allowing for easy visibility of the road surface in front while driving.
  • The steering stem―the part that connects the top of the front fork to the bottom of the steering wheel―joins seamlessly to the resin body, which features a removable battery that can be attached or removed with a single action.
  • It has a large storage area under the seat that can conveniently store shopping baskets.*1
  • The base body color is black, but warm gray, gray metallic, and copper mica metallic color panels are also available as dealer options for a more stylish appearance and to suit customer preferences.
C+walk S
Three available color panels (Dealer options)
Three available color panels*2(Dealer options)
*1Regular supermarket shopping basket (capacity of 33 L / weight of 20 kg). Some baskets may not fit depending on size and shape.
*2From left to right: Warm Gray (rear panel only), Copper Mica Metallic (front & rear panel), Gray Metallic (front & rear panel)
  1. C+walk series’ convenient and simple operation
  • Accelerator levers on either side of the C+walk series steering wheel can be used to control departure, acceleration, deceleration, and stopping. Simply squeeze the lever to depart, accelerate, and release the lever to come to a stop. This simple operation is intuitive and easy for anyone to use. Brake levers situated on either side of the steering wheel can be used to provide greater deceleration when required. Pressing the reverse button, which is independent from other controls, enables the vehicle to reverse.
  • The status display panel allows battery levels and speeds to be checked at a glance.
  • The vehicle operating system is activated by holding a special-purpose key*3 over the recognition area, after switching the battery on.
  • The lightweight (2.5 kg) removable lithium-ion battery can be fully charged in approximately 2.5 hours*4 using the included AC 100 V charging device. It is easy to take home and charge the battery as if it were a cell phone.
Steering wheel (Options shown)
Steering wheel (Options shown)
Lithium-ion battery being charged with a dedicated charging device (left)
Lithium-ion battery being charged with a dedicated charging device (left)
*3A master key and a secondary key are included as standard
*4Charging time is intended as a rough guide; charging times vary according to temperatures and power sources.
  1. Riding performance designed to be in harmony with nearby pedestrians
  • The C+walk S uses in-wheel motors: brushless DC motors are located in each rear wheel, allowing it to travel over bumps and on slopes with ease*5.
  • It travels at a maximum speed of 6 km/h, which is within the range of typical human walking speeds, and is capable of approximately 12 km*6 of continuous riding range on a single full battery charge.
  • It features a minimum turning radius of 0.95 m, allowing for smooth maneuvering on narrow roads.
*5Maximum descendible step-height is 50 mm, and practical uphill and downhill angles are 10 degrees.
*6According to in-house measurements; distance covered at a temperature of 20˚C, with a user weight of 70 kg, and an average traveling speed of 6 km/h on flat roads.
  1. Safety and Security Functions
  • The C+walk S is equipped with obstacle detection functions that help avoid collisions with obstacles or pedestrians ahead*7. When the periphery detection sensor at the front of the vehicle detects a person or obstacle, the operating system issues both a visual alert on the display panel and an audio alert, and automatically decelerates the vehicle to approximately 2 km/h*8. This allows for more time to maneuver the steering wheel and avoid obstacles, thus providing support for safe riding*9.
  • Turning speed control and steep slope detection functions come standard. The turning speed control function detects the angle when steering the vehicle around curves and provides deceleration support depending on the angle. The steep slope detection function alerts the driver when entering a steep slope and provides deceleration support on steep downhills, thereby providing users with peace of mind.
  • A convenient hand-push mode is available for short trips. This mode releases the electromagnetic brakes on the rear wheels so the vehicle can be pushed by hand*10.
  • The vehicle is fitted entirely with 10-inch puncture-proof tires that eliminate worries about puncturing.
Moving the vehicle with hand-push mode (Left: Lever to release the electromagnetic brakes)
Moving the vehicle with hand-push mode (Left: Lever to release the electromagnetic brakes)
*7Equipped as a standard of C+walk S Safety support
*8The function is capable of detecting people and obstacles roughly 2.5 to 3 meters ahead. It decelerates the vehicle to a maximum of approximately 2 km/h, depending on traveling speeds and distances to the person or obstacle ahead. When potential collisions have been avoided, the function’s speed limitations are removed.
*9There is no braking function as this would stop the vehicle in crowded places and make it impossible to travel. Necessary functionality may not be achieved depending on weather and road conditions.
*10Electromagnetic brake release levers are installed in two locations on either side of the rear body. Use the parking brake to stop the vehicle before using the release levers.

Main specifications of the C+walk S

StandardSafety support
Length x Width x Height(mm)1,185 x 650 x 1,030
Base height(mm)130
Vehicle weight(kg)58
Minimum turning radius(m)0.95
Maximum number of riders(people)
User height limit
140―185 cm
User weight limit
100 kg*1
MotorTypeBrushless DC motor x 2
Rated output(kW)0.25
Maximum output(kW)0.35
Main drive batteryTypeRemovable lithium-ion battery
Total voltage(V)25.2
Total electrical energy(kWh)0.33
Continuous riding range(km)Approx. 12*2
Charging timeNormal chargingSingle-phase 100 V/6 AApprox. 2.5 hours (to full charge)*3
Maximum speed settings(km/h)1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (user-settable)
Maximum ridable slope angle (uphill and downhill)(˚)10
Maximum ascendable step-height difference(mm)50
Maximum descendible step-height difference(mm)50
Maximum passable gap length(mm)100
Operating methodSteering wheel
BrakesFrontDrum-type, RearElectromagnetic-type
Tire size(in)
Front10, Rear10
(fitted with puncture-proof tires)
*1According to in-house measurements; weight includes rider weight and the weight of luggage and other items.
*2According to in-house measurements; distance covered at a temperature of 20˚C, with a user weight of 70 kg, and an average traveling speed of 6 km/h on flat roads.
*3Charging time is intended as a rough guide; charging times vary according to temperatures and power sources.
Beyond Zero

“Achieving zero, and adding new value beyond it”

As part of efforts to pass our beautiful “Home Planet” to the next generation, Toyota has identified and is helping to solve issues faced by individuals and overall society, which Toyota calls “Achieving Zero,” hoping to help reduce the negative impacts caused by these issues to people and the environment to zero. Additionally, Toyota is also looking “Beyond Zero” to create and provide greater value by continuing to diligently seek ways to improve lives and society for the future.

About Beyond Zero
Sustainable Development Goals

Toyota Motor Corporation works to develop and manufacture innovative, safe and high-quality products and services that create happiness by providing mobility for all. We believe that true achievement comes from supporting our customers, partners, employees, and the communities in which we operate. Since our founding over 80 years ago in 1937, we have applied our Guiding Principles in pursuit of a safer, greener and more inclusive society. Today, as we transform into a mobility company developing connected, automated, shared and electrified technologies, we also remain true to our Guiding Principles and many of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals to help realize an ever-better world, where everyone is free to move.

SDGs Initiatives

SDGs goals that this project makes particular contribution to

/Public Release. This material from the originating organization/author(s) might be of the point-in-time nature, and edited for clarity, style and length. Mirage.News does not take institutional positions or sides, and all views, positions, and conclusions expressed herein are solely those of the author(s).View in full here.