These days all automakers are unveiling autonomous vehicles destined for specific use-cases. Toyota has joined the trend with the announcement of its e-Palette Concept, which the company has revealed at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.
“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.
Known officially as the e-Palette Alliance, the vehicle will utilize Toyota’s proprietary Mobility Services Platform (MSPF) to develop a suite of connected mobility solutions and a flexible, purpose-built vehicle. Toyota is aiming to create an entire ecosystem around the e-Palette, one specifically intended to benefit commercial applications. Toyota has brought in several potential customers into the Alliance to aid in the development.
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.