Tokunosuke Ikegami

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This study was conducted to increase the usefulness of personal vehicles. Single-occupant personal vehicles are easy to handle, but their load capacities are smaller than other types of vehicles. This paper presents a solution to this problem in the form of a system for vehicles that couple mechanically. However, if vehicles are only coupled, their(More)
In this study, as a new form of mobility for single-seat cars, we realize “hard-link-type mobility” using a mechanical coupling device. This form of mobility makes it possible to connect or disconnect the vehicles as necessary. When the vehicles are coupled, the driver of the following vehicle does not need to drive because the vehicle follows the leading(More)
Japan is facing difficulties with providing general public transport systems in depopulated cities. This paper proposes a new means of transport for application to such cities. The system is based on small electric vehicles with mechanical couplers that are designed to attach to devices installed at each home. Unfortunately, this system incurs an issue of(More)
This study provides a new mode of transport in urban areas inhabited by many elderly people. In some of these areas, public transport systems are inadequate and parking spaces for private cars are in short supply. In addition, the decline of shopping malls around these areas makes life inconvenient for the inhabitants. Here we introduce a car-sharing(More)
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