LAS VEGAS — Toyota Motor unveiled a versatile electric concept vehicle for multimodal transportation and announced it was teaming up with Amazon, Didi, Uber and other partners to form a new mobility alliance.
On the eve of the annual CES high-tech fair here, Toyota said its e-Palette concept vehicle marks an important step in the company’s efforts to move beyond its traditional car business.
The e-Palette will be at the heart of an alliance that includes, at launch, Amazon, DiDi, Pizza Hut, Mazda and Uber. The partners will work on vehicle planning, concepts for new applications and other activities.
The e‐Palette alliance will build on Toyota’s proprietary Mobility Services Platform (MSPF). The partners will develop a suite of connected mobility solutions and a flexible, purpose‐built vehicle.
Toyota offered a vision of a “broad‐based ecosystem of hardware and software support” that will allow a range of companies to use new technologies to better serve customers.
The e-Palette concept vehicle, which can be anywhere between 4 and 7 meters long, is designed to realize Toyota’s vision of automated mobility s a service. It is a fully automated battery-electric vehicle that is scalable and can be adapted to fit specific business needs.
The e-Palette also will have an open vehicle control interface, which allows partners to install their own technologies for autonomous driving and vehicle management.
Toyota plans to test its concept in the US and elsewhere in the early part of the next decade.