Toyota introduced a new e-Palette concept at CESJanuary 9, 2018
The partners of the project were a number of large companies, including Amazon, DiDi, Mazda, Pizza Hut and Uber.
At the CES this year, one of the world’s largest automakers introduced the e-Palette concept, reflecting the company’s vision of future services for autonomous mobility. As mentioned above, a number of large companies from different industries entered the project as partners.
The e-Palette Concept looks like a simple box on wheels, which Toyota is going to offer in several lengths – from 4 to 7 meters. The design of the novelty, no doubt, does not cause any interest, but the vehicle has the highest level of functionality. A large height and a minimum number of bends maximize the available space inside.
Toyota intends to build a whole business ecosystem around the e-Palette with the participation of partners. The vehicle will become the basic building block of the system, but will have a high level of scalability. Companies will be able to create hardware and software tailored to their individual needs, they do not even need to use Toyota’s off-line management technologies, it will be possible to use their own development.
Partnership with Toyota for the e-Palette project provides an advantage in the form of general data. Everyone will be able to send information to a large Toyota data center, which will provide customers with the opportunity to perform certain tasks, for example, process payments, monitor the state of the vehicle or schedule maintenance with Toyota dealers. The testing of the “box-like” car will begin no earlier than 2020.
In the same place, the new electric crossover Byton Concept was introduced at the exhibition, which will become serial at the end of 2019. It is claimed that the product model will retain the prototype design almost completely.