Toyota to display Japans first Vellfire Friendmatic model with Welride

Toyota plans to display seven specially equipped vehicles at the 38th International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition (H.C.R.). Toyota will exhibit seven Welcab-series vehicles, including the new Prius α (Prius Alpha) with Lift-up Front Passenger Seat Type B and the Vellfire Friendmatic model equipped with Welride, a first-of-its-kind feature in Japan that allows a person in a wheelchair to board a vehicle with high-positioned seats through remote operation while also providing storage for the wheelchair itself.

In response to Japan’s aging population, Toyota has been developing and marketing vehicles specially equipped to meet the diverse needs of senior citizens and others who might require extra care or support. The H.C.R. event—the largest of its kind in Japan—is to run from October 5 through 7 at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center (Tokyo Big Sight) in Tokyo.