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TOTO's Toilet Trike hits Japanese streets


October 3, 2011

The toilet trike will hit the Japanese roads in the coming days, making its way from Kyush...

The toilet trike will hit the Japanese roads in the coming days, making its way from Kyushu to Tokyo (Image: TOTO)

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If you think this smells like a PR stunt, you're right. In an effort to raise awareness about bathroom emissions and water savings, Japanese toilet manufacturer TOTO has created the Toilet Bike Neo Project ... yep, it's a road-going, three-wheeled toilet fueled by "biogas" generated from the toilet waste.

The toilet trike will hit the Japanese roads in the coming days, making its way from Kyushu to Tokyo with many press stops along the way.

And as if having a toilet as the rider's seat isn't enough to attract attention, the bike also features an LED lamp mounted on a column at the rear which is used to create the impression of a floating message as the bike zooms past. The rider will also be able to keep informed of the latest stock prices or weather reports as this toilet talks.

The Toilet Bike Neo will remain a one-and-only prototype to be used as a promotional tool for TOTO, so we needn't worry about future toilet trikes zooming down our highways. The talking toilet feature, on the other hand, is included in most of TOTO's latest toilet creations.

The toilet road bike is fueled by 'biogas' generated from the toilet waste (Image: TOTO)

To follow the bike's journey across Japan, you can read the TOTO blog here.

TOTO's stated mission is to reduce bathroom CO2 emissions to 50% less than the recorded levels in 1990 by the year 2017.

Via Spoon & Tamago

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Best way to reduce bathroom emissions is farting somewhere else... :-))

Sorry but couldn't resist it... now for my (not much) more serious comment:

Will the driver be fed solely on beans for the duration of the trip? :-))

4th October, 2011 @ 06:59 am PDT

Those front mudguard-mounted plates were banned in the UK many years ago - presumably because they cut pedestrians which the bike had hit in half too easily...

4th October, 2011 @ 07:02 am PDT

I hope it is a low volume 1.6 litre flush toilet

Bill Bennett
4th October, 2011 @ 10:32 pm PDT

Whenever I see TOTO, I think of the band, not the Japanese toilet company. One formed in 1917, the other in 1977.

Gregg Eshelman
4th October, 2011 @ 11:01 pm PDT
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