Autonomous cars have been the underlying trend for CES the past couple years now, and it seems like Toyota is continuing that with the announcement of their new concept vehicles called ‘e-Palette’. According to the company, they can be described as “fully-automated, next-generation battery electric vehicle[s] designed to be scalable and customizable for a range of Mobility as a Service business.”
Toyota is imaging the e-Palette as a multi-function automobile, with the typical use cases of ridesharing and carpooling, alongside some other interesting ideas such as mobile offices, retail spaces, medical clinics, hotel rooms, fabrication (fab) labs, and more.
The future of these vehicles is still unclear at this moment, but Toyota has landed some partnerships with companies such as Amazon, Didi Chuxing, Mazda, Pizza Hut and even Uber. The current plan is to debut the e-Palette project at the 2020 Summer Olympics, which is being held in Tokyo.
If these vehicles do come to fruition, Toyota may face some challenges ahead. Many experts are claiming that autonomous vehicles will be limited in capabilities to drive alongside human-driven vehicles – essentially keeping the autonomous vehicles in geofenced areas. However, if that does not happen, the e-Palettes could be the future of mobile transportation for not just people, but businesses as well.
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