TOYOTA LAUNCHES E-PALETTE AUTONOMOUS ELECTRIC MOBILITY CONCEPT
At the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, USA Toyota Motor introduced the autonomous electric e-Palette Concept Vehicle, which is designed to meet the demands of future multi-mode transportation and business applications.
Toyota also announced the e-Palette Alliance, which will leverage Toyota’s Global Mobility Services Platform (MSPF) to develop advanced vehicle and related Announced in 2016, the MSPF is Toyota’s framework for a range of connected vehicle applications, providing a full suite of services needed to support Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) ranging from vehicle leasing and insurance to fleet management and big data.
The new e-Palette alliance will work to 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.
Launch partners include Amazon, DiDi, Mazda, Pizza Hut and Uber, who will collaborate on vehicle planning, application concepts and vehicle verification activities.
In the near term, the Alliance will focus on the development of the new e-Palette Concept Vehicle. The concept reflects one of Toyota’s visions for Automated Mobility as a Service (Autono-MaaS) applications.
It is a fully-automated, next generation battery electric vehicle (BEV) designed to be scalable and customizable for a range of MaaS businesses.
In addition to supporting the services provided through Toyota’s MSPF, the e-Palette Concept Vehicle’s open vehicle control interface and a set of software tools to allow partner companies to install their own automated driving system and vehicle management technology. When a partner company’s automated driving system is installed, Toyota’s Guardian technology will act as a safety net to help ensure appropriate operation.
Together, the e-Palette Alliance and e-Palette Concept Vehicle reflect Toyota’s commitment to develop and deliver new connected mobility businesses and data services through Toyota Connected, the company’s data analysis and services subsidiary.
e-Palette Alliance service provider partners, including Amazon, DiDi, Pizza Hut, and Uber will explore various applications of the e-Palette Concept and the MSPF to support their existing business needs. DiDi, Mazda and Uber will also join as technology partners. Equipped with new 2.5X SS batteries (for extended range and ultra quick charge) and fully automated drive, those e-Palette cubes could quickly replace many private vehicles and current large ICE diesel buses.