The i-Road won't just pop up at the corner Toyota dealership. Toyota says it will add the i-Road to an experimental electric car-sharing fleet it runs in Japan named Ha:Mo, which currently offers electric-assisted bicycles and a mini EV smaller than a Smart ForTwo. The idea works much like the urban bikeshare systems in this country; borrow a car, drive between bus stops and drop it off.
The i-Road in theory can carry more than one person, although it appears useful mostly as a hauler for something that won't fit on a bicycle, or a way to stay out of the rain and look like a commuter from the 22nd century. Toyota didn't say just how many i-Roads it would put into its test fleet, and there's no commitment to build them in large numbers. But clearly automakers see a need in the not-too-distant future for a vehicle with more than two wheels that's powered by more than pedals.