At CES 2018, Toyota unveiled a fully autonomous and electric e-Palette concept vehicle equipped with an open control interface to allow partners to implement their own automated driving system. Toyota aims at developing a suite of connected mobility solutions to meet the demand of future multi-mode transportation.
The e-Palette has been designed to serve a variety of functions ranging from parcel delivery, ridesharing, carpooling, medical clinics to hotel rooms. To achieve this vision, the Japanese automotive giant partnered with Amazon, Didi Chuxing, Mazda, Pizza Hut and Uber on vehicle planning, application concepts and vehicle verification activities. Toyota intends to test its e-Palette concept in several regions including the US in 2020 and contribute to the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo by providing innovative mobility solutions.
“The automobile industry is clearly amidst its most dramatic period of change as technologies like electrification, connected and automated driving are making significant progress. Toyota remains committed to making ever better cars. Just as important, we are developing mobility solutions to help everyone enjoy their lives, and we are doing our part to create an ever-better society for the next 100 years and beyond. This announcement marks a major step forward in our evolution towards sustainable mobility, demonstrating our continued expansion beyond traditional cars and trucks to the creation of new values including services for customers”, said Akio Toyoda, Toyota Motor Corporation President.