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Toyota reveals Camatte concept car that kids can drive [video]

On the occassion of the International Tokyo Toy Show 2012, Toyota has revealed the Camatte concept. The Camatte concept provides the opportunity for parents and their children to experience the joy of driving, car customization and car enthusiasm as a fun family experience or hobby. The Camatte also helps children develop driving skills.

In an effort to inspire interest in how motor vehicles work, the Camatte incoporates a very simple body structure. Designed to be very toy-like, the Camatte features a fully customizable exterior with easily removable and installable body panels. Seen here in two different styles called Sor and Daichi, a range of body panels in various shapes and colors can provide for a unique exterior.

The interior features a triangular seating arrangement with the driver positioned front and center while two rear seats are closely positioned behind. The proximity of the rear seats aid in parent-child communication while at the same time an adult, seated in the rear-right seat can assist the child with steering and braking.

Toyota footnotes that when children drive the Camatte, it should be at non-public places such as go-kart tracks.

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Comments (9)

 9TNine 9TNine
Style it like a mini-FT86 (or BRZ) and i could be tempted... Actually, IMO this is probably better than the over-priced, ugly Toyota iQ
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June 14, 2012 4:38 am
 M! M!
most people cannot read. "International Tokyo Toy Show 2012" this car is shown at at TOY SHOW. it is meant to be a toy to be driven by kids on a track and not on public roads.
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June 13, 2012 10:34 pm
 Renyeo Renyeo
This is the microcar Gordon Murray didn't build. A toy car only for the kids? The Toyota folks didn't know what they are missing out on.. D'oh!
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June 13, 2012 6:49 pm
 LWE7 LWE7
I find that is a wonderful idea, its fun, educative, and much better that staring at screens. Now as long as these cars are used on private lands I don't mind.
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June 13, 2012 2:41 pm
 M.L. M.L.
- To be very honest, I quite like it. It may seem dangerous because most of the (adult) drivers now are Smartphone-dependant. With the proper training of young kids, everyone can be Vettel-like.
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June 13, 2012 2:19 pm
 RaulLeal RaulLeal
actually this is a great idea!! this would estimulate childreen to like car and its contruction, maybe could lead to be more informed about cars and its components when they grow up. making them better drivers. also cold lead them to be enginiers ou so. and by the way Toyota states that the car is not to be driven on public roads! just a backyard toy.so it wont endagerous society! lol only if toyota make it similar to their model recent or old...for example the look of a GT 86 or a BJ40 landcruiser...
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June 13, 2012 1:22 pm
 LD_MoD LD_MoD
This actually doesn't look safe
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June 13, 2012 10:58 am
 NYyanks NYyanks
It's enough that we have horrible drivers on the road as is. Just weeks ago i was T-Boned by some community college idiot who blew right through a stop sign at a considerable rate of speed whilst I had the complete right of way because the road is a straight shoot without stop signs or traffic lights. My car slid 180 degrees across the road because of such an impact from the side, totaled my car, but fortunately my car was replaced and insurance rates didn't go up because i was at 0 fault, and from this experience, the idea of giving actual KIDS a car to DRIVE is completely wrong. Teenagers and Elderly people have poor enough judgement, could only imagine how terrible of a judgement an actual child would have. It's an endangerment to the safety of the children and to society. This was an idea that's been thought of often, but it's morally wrong to implement. Keep this a concept, never put into production.
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June 13, 2012 10:26 am
 TomitaBogdan TomitaBogdan
is this idea of a car for kist road legally intended, or just a toy for the backyard? if the first applies, then the man who had this idea should jump off a verry tall building and maybe not lead to other people's death from youngster drivers...is the bus to much for the minors to use?! do we need more cars on the roads?! "huray" for consumerism
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June 13, 2012 10:19 am