Toyota Group Holds World Expo 2005, Aichi Japan

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The Toyota Group features futuristic mobility performances in the World Exposition 2005 in Aichi, Japan. The richly entertaining show, based on the theme, "The Dream, Joy and Inspiration of Mobility in the 21st Century," will introduce the concepts of "Mobility in Harmony with the Earth" and "Achieving the Dream and Joy of Worldwide Movement" - in its presentation of possibilities for a bright and fulfilling future.

Based on these themes, performance content features Toyota's efforts toward achieving "optimal mobility", "harmony with society" and "Meeting the needs of individuals," and the future technologies and vehicle possibilities that form part of the company's vision for the society of tomorrow.

In a statement, President of Toyota Motor Corporation and Representative of Toyota Group Fujio Cho expressed, "The goal of the 2005 World Exposition, Aichi, Japan, is to create a new culture and a new civilization, proposing solutions to global problems and ways of living that touch the lives of people of the 21st century. We, the 16 members of the Toyota Group of Companies, are pleased to support this goal with our exhibit."

The performance consists of two parts, the Welcome Show features Toyota Partner Robots, robots developed to embody kindness and intelligence and to assist with human activities through a musical band performance. The music-playing robots are being developed to use tools, and to show movements with the same finesse as humans. The robots are able to display agility of their arms, hands and fingers as they play the trumpet, tubas and drums. The DJ Robot, on the other hand, is currently under development to improve communication skills with people. The robots are meant to express the Japanese spirit of "wa", or harmony, and the ideal hospitality that underpin the Japanese culture. Design of the lightweight, slim-bodied robots applied cutting edge technology and focused on a finely tuned form with a pleasant expression that would portray kindness and friendliness.

The Main Show, titled "MOVE, LIVE" features a theme of "In Movement is Freedom. In Movement is Life." Single passenger I-Unit concept vehicles and a mountable, walking I-Foot robot joins dancers to highlight the relationship between people and vehicles, and the wonders of moving freely. The two-legged, mountable I-Foot Robot was developed for three-dimensional mobility, with the ability to navigate staircases. The passenger climbs on and drives with a joystick to control steering and speed. The I-Unit, on the other hand, is a form of personal mobility that seeks to attain a greater balance of meeting individuals' needs to enjoy freedom of movement, harmony with society, and harmony with the Earth's natural environment.

Aside from the I-Unit and the Toyota Partner Robots, the Toyota Group also presented their vision of a "World in which everyone can enjoy the benefits of mobility and in which people, nature and the planet can live together in harmony" through the other features of the Toyota Pavilion. Some of the elements included are Natural -Cycle Earth Society which, was highlighted through the construction and operation of the main pavilion building to represent a society that reuses, recycles and uses renewable forms of energy and materials. Innovative Power Sources highlights the use of fuel cell hybrid buses (FCHV-BUS) that utilizes hydrogen energy while carrying visitors between Expo Areas.

The Aichi Expo 2005 officially opened in March 2005 and will run until September of this year.