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Autonomous parcel or pizza delivery from Toyota’s new concept vehicle

09 January 2018

Unveiled at CES, Toyota’s e-Palette Concept utilises a next-generation battery electric vehicle to provide autonomous, scalable and customisable mobility services.

e-Palette concept (Credit: Toyota)

The e-Palette Alliance will create a broad-based ecosystem of hardware and software support designed to help a range of companies utilise advanced mobility technology to better serve customers. Launch partners include Amazon, DiDi, Mazda, Pizza Hut and Uber, who will collaborate on vehicle planning, application concepts and vehicle verification activities.

The concept utilises a fully-automated, next generation battery electric vehicle (BEV) designed to be scalable and customisable for a range of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) businesses. 

The e-Palette Concept Vehicle’s open vehicle control interface and a set of software tools to allow partner companies to install their own automated driving system and vehicle management technology. When a partner company’s automated driving system is installed, Toyota’s Guardian technology will act as a safety net to help ensure appropriate operation. 

e-Palette concept vehicle: an automated, electric vehicle purpose-built for MaaS

e-Palette Logistics (Credit: Toyota)

With the e-Palette Concept, Toyota has built a new approach to Autono-MaaS mobility that will empower Alliance partners to support their customers’ lifestyles with increased convenience, productivity and efficiency.

With its open interior design layout, the vehicle can be outfitted with purpose-built interiors in accordance with the user’s needs, whether it be parcel delivery, ride sharing, or on-the-road e-commerce. Its flexible framework is also designed for usage optimisation, allowing the e-Pallet Concept to be shared to support various business needs and transition seamlessly from one application to another. Toyota envisions that the e-Palette Concept will be made available in three sizes, allowing not just need-specific applications, but also right-sized and right-place mobile solutions.

Toyota plans to conduct feasibility testing of the e-Palette Concept in various regions, including the United States, in the early 2020s. It also hopes to contribute to the success of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 by providing mobility solutions like the e-Palette and other innovative mobility offerings.


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