Toyota’s e-Palette concept and alliance that includes names as Amazon, DiDi, Mazda, Pizza Hut and Uber has grabbed attention in this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.
The e-Palette is designed for an e-commerce world. An open interior design layout allows users to customize the vehicle to their needs, including parcel delivery or ride-sharing. It can also be transformed easily, allowing a single use to move passengers in the morning and cargo in the afternoon. It features vehicle control technology and open Application Programming Interface (API) for development of automated driving systems (automated driving control software and cameras/sensors, etc.).
It is a fully-automated, next generation battery electric vehicle (BEV) designed to be scalable and customizable for a range of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) businesses.
“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 Corp. president.
The e-Palette Alliance will create a broad-based ecosystem of hardware and software support designed to help a range of companies utilize advanced mobility technology to better serve customers, Toyota said.
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