Toyota Launches Self-Driving Concept Vehicle, Brand Alliance, At CES

Toyota Launches Self-Driving Concept Vehicle, Brand Alliance, At CES

The companies will collaborate on vehicle planning and application concepts. The Japanese automaker recently announced e-Palettes; autonomous, modular vehicles that roam through cities performing various services such as package delivery, ride-sharing.or shoe shopping.

Toyota's wildly futuristic e-Pallette Concept Vehicle was revealed at CES as part of "a new mobility service business alliance... created to meet the demands of future multi-mode transportation and business applications".

It may be tempting to lump Toyota's e-Palette vision into other CES-related concepts that sound interesting but have little basis in reality.

The concept imagines a flexible vehicle platform able to serve as a mobile hotel, delivery truck, wheeled office and more. A parcel delivery van, for example, would prioritise load space, while a ride-sharing auto would be given seating.

Toyota will start widely testing the system in areas such as the United States at some point in the 2020s, and on the home front, Toyota plans to have the e-Palette system up and running throughout the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. It is an upright, low-ground-clearance, multi-use vehicle designed for urban environments.

Akio Toyoda, President of Toyota Motor Corporation today revealed a rather left of field take on the increasingly sexy topic of autonomous driving.

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Toyota said at the CES global technology conference in Las Vegas that it will work with companies including Amazon, Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing Technology, Pizza Hut, Mazda and Uber to build the vehicle and its hardware and software support and develop connected mobility products. Proponents contend the technology will reduce congestion and improve highway safety, among other things.

In the future, you won't go to shops; instead, shops will come to you.

The boxy e-Palette concept is self-driving and fully electric. As a key sponsor Toyota is planning to show off not only its conventional vehicles but futuristic concepts that include a drone-like flying auto. In any case, the organization imagines offering three sizes of the computerized vehicle with a basic open programming stage that would give organizations a chance to change and modify it to meet their business needs.

Toyota is by no means the only automaker exploring such concepts.

Toyota says Uber, Pizza Hut and Amazon have already signed on as launch partners.

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