Toyota, at the CES, showed off a new take on the self-driving mobility concept.
Speaking at the keynote, company president Akio Toyoda revealed the “e-Palette,” an electric, self-driving pod-like vehicle that’ll act as an open platform for ride-sharing, retail, delivery, or anything a business can think of.
“It is an open, flexible platform easily adapted to suit a range of uses, including ride-sharing, delivery and retail,” Toyoda said. “Today you have to travel to the store. In the future, the store will travel to you.”
The automaker has partnered with Pizza Hut, Uber, Mazda, Amazon and Didi for its new mobility platform.
The company showed off the first prototype on stage and will debut a model in 2020 at the Olympics.
“[E-Palette is] a platform that will be the backbone for mobility-as-a-service, for autonomy, for car-sharing, for any number of services that we want to make possible,” Toyoda said.
“Our competitors no longer just make cars. Companies like Google, Apple and even Facebook are what I think about at night, because, after all, we didn’t start off making cars either,” he said.
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