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'Mobile sofa' may be the the future of sitting (VIDEO)

Wednesday - 5/2/2012, 6:05am  ET

WASHINGTON - Toyota's i-Real looks like something seen on the Jetsons. Some call it a mobile sofa while Toyota calls it a "personal mobility vehicle."

The i-Real is a three-wheeled, one-passenger vehicle that runs on a lithium-ion battery. It's like a futuristic wheelchair -- that gets up to 20 miles per hour.

With two joysticks to maneuver it, the vehicle has perimeter-monitoring sensors to detect its surroundings.

The Daily Mail reports that Toyota's i-Real was a big hit at the Beijing Motor Show.

There's no word yet on when these will hit showrooms (they first debuted in 2007), but when they do, have the money ready.

Check out this YouTube video of an early model in action:

WTOP's David Burd contributed to this report. Follow David and WTOP on Twitter.

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