Toyota makes cars for kids in Tokyo

Toyoto makes cars for kids in Tokyo

Toyota makes cars for kids in Tokyo
Toyota makes cars for kids in Tokyo

It sounds counter-intuitive, to say the least, but one of the latest offerings from Toyota is aimed at getting kids behind the steering wheel.


Billed as the world’s first car designed for juvenile drivers — with two cramped seats in back for their parents — the “Camatte” concept car was unveiled this week at the 2013 International Tokyo Toy Show.


“It’s basically no different than a regular car,” said Kenji Tsuji, a project manager for Toyota. “The power-train is an electric motor. The accelerator, brake, dashboard meters and seats are identical to those in conventional vehicles. The main difference is that it’s shorter, and sized to a kid’s proportions.”

About two-thirds the length of a conventional small car, the Camatte’s controls are geared to children as short as 120 centimeters, or around four feet. While the speedometer reads a top speed of about 44 mph, the car has an actual maximum speed of closer to 28 mph.


If even that cruising speed sends grownups into white-knuckle territory, the manufacturer has thoughtfully installed an override feature that allows parents to knock that top speed down to a crawl; as low as three mph.