Toyota E-Palette is most comprehensive Mobility as a Service platform
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Toyota’s tech-driven vision for the future of mobility was on full display at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where it displayed a highly customizable, automated, battery electric vehicle concept called E-Palette. Engineered to handle a range of mobility-as-a-service use cases, from logistics and delivery, to ridesharing and retail, the concept vehicle was created as part of a new-mobility service business partnership called the E-Palette Alliance.
The company’s powertrain electrification, Mobility Services Platform from Toyota Connected, and autonomous technology from TRI are some of the key components in Toyota’s vision of future mobility services and commerce. The intent is for the E-Palette Alliance to leverage Toyota’s Mobility Services Platform to develop a suite of connected mobility solutions, creating a broad ecosystem of hardware and software designed to help a range of companies use advanced mobility technology to better serve customers.
Launch partners include Amazon, DiDi Chuxing, Mazda, Pizza Hut, and Uber, who will collaborate on vehicle planning, application concepts, and vehicle verification activities. DiDi, Mazda, and Uber will also be technology partners. The E-Palette is one example of Toyota’s vision for an Autono-MaaS (automated mobility-as-a-service) business application.
E-Palette will be fully electric and controlled by Toyota’s autonomous Chauffeur mode technology. Toyota envisions that the e-Palette concept will be made available in three sizes, with lengths varying from about 4 to 7 m (13 to 23 ft). The CES 2018 design model is 4800 mm (189 in) long, 2000 mm (79 in) wide, and 2250 mm (89 in) tall.
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