Toyota's new automated vehicle system will bring retail stores to you

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Known as the e-Pallette Alliance, the boxy, autonomous machines will use a Toyota-developed mobility services platform to "create a broad-based ecosystem of hardware and software support designed to help a range of companies utilise advanced mobility technology". However, given the low floor and uninterrupted interior space, the automaker says that it could really build the vehicle to goal, whether that was for moving cargo, making deliveries, or as a ride-sharing cab.

The Japanese auto giant's president Akio Toyoda unveiled the new initiative at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, seeking to get ahead of rivals offering single-use autonomous transporters.

The e-Palette concept previews a future where autonomous vehicles are flexible and seamlessly shareable between people and businesses for a variety of uses.

The website noted that the self-driving vehicles "may one day be used by Pizza Hut to deliver and possibly cook pizzas". Initial testing is scheduled to begin in the USA in early 2020 with further plans to start service during the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. Each e-Palette is also created to be shared between businesses and to quickly transition between applications.

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"Today you have to travel to the store", Toyoda said. Other mobility technologies may be available as well. 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. It's definitely an idealized projection of what's to come, and things would e much more messy in practice, but it's definitely something worth pursuing - and a smart strategy for an automaker to adopt in terms of figuring out what comes next, once autonomy and electric vehicle investments change the face of transportation.

In principle, accomplices would have the capacity to purchase the self-governing e-Palette vehicle with the total escort innovation, or they could select to utilize their own particular computerized driving framework. A version is also expected to make an appearance at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. It's the electric skateboard concept that we've seen from multiple automakers.

Toyota has been working to develop fully autonomous cars to serve an aging population and the disabled, and technology for regular production cars that could switch between assisted and full autonomy.

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