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[CES 2018] One of the concepts that we see often in sci-fi and futuristic movies is that we will eventually eschew the need for cars, but instead will be transported around in autonomous pods. Toyota seems to believe in that future as well, and during CES 2018 the Japanese carmaker has unveiled its e-Palette Concept Vehicle.
As you can see in the videos above and below, the e-Palette is a concept transportation system that can be used for all kinds of things, such as transportation of passengers, or it can also be used by businesses to help deliver their goods or maybe even bring businesses directly to customers instead.
The e-Palette will use Toyota’s Mobility Services Platform to develop a variety of connected mobility solutions. So far Toyota has managed to wrangle up some launch partners which includes the likes of Amazon, DiDi, Mazda, Pizza Hut, and Uber, all of whom potentially have a use for such a vehicle.
Toyota has plans to eventually begin testing the e-Palette system in 2020 in several regions, including the US. Exactly when it will be made more widely available remains to be seen, but for now what do you guys think of it? Is this indeed the transportation of the future for consumers and businesses?
[CES 2018] Japanese auto giant Toyota unveiled a new mobility concept for retail and e-commerce called e-Palette. The e-Palette concept is centered around automated vehicles that can be customized to serve a wide variety of purposes. For example, one customer can configure it as a food truck while the other can add accommodation options to build a mobile hotel. The concept can serve as an on-demand taxi service, offer online shopping pickup, double as a mobile office, and even be a food truck. The possibilities are endless.
It’s an ultra-flexible platform that can be adapted easily to offer a wide variety of services. Toyota walked us through how the e-Palette is going to disrupt the e-commerce pickup system. The automated vehicle will come to the customer after they’ve placed an order. They step in, pick up their products, step out and the vehicle goes on its way.
A large number of these automated vehicles can be brought together to create an on-demand city, many times of services can gather and blur the lines between brick and mortar, retail, and e-commerce.
The e-Palette will be fully autonomous and electric. Toyota will also allow partner companies to use their own self-driving technology. Every unit can be reconfigured within a day to serve a completely different purpose.
Toyota has created an alliance of business partners called the e-Palette alliance to support e-commerce mobilities. The partners include the likes of Uber, Amazon, DiDi, and Pizza Hut. The company plans to debut the e-Palette at the 2020 Olympics.
It goes without saying that electric and hybrid cars will be major players in the coming years and as one of the world’s largest car manufacturers, Toyota doesn’t want to be left behind. The Japanese behemoth has confirmed that it’s going to electrify its entire car lineup by 2025. This means that all of the cars it sells by then will have either an all-electric or a hybrid option.
Toyota sent out a press release today pledging that its entire fleet will be available in electric or hybrid options by 2025. It’s also hoping that its electrified models will account for more than half of its sales by 2030. It has a volume target of nearly 5.5 million electric cars annually.
The company has promised that by 2025, it’s going to develop any Toyota or Lexus-branded vehicle that doesn’t have a “dedicated electrified model or have an electrified option.” Toyota says that it has produced over 11 million cars so far that use electric technology in one way or the other.
Toyota is also planning to offer more than 10 different all-electric cars for sale starting from 2020. China will be the first target market for these cars before they’re launched in other markets across the globe. The electric range will then be expanded to Japan, the United States, Europe, and India gradually.
Despite cars being on the road for as long as they have, you couldn’t really say that we’ve perfected the design, as improvements can always be made to things like the engine, the aerodynamics, tires, and so on. The same is doubly true for electric cars which have been around for much less time.
On this front we’re talking about the batteries used in EVs, which is apparently an area that Toyota and Panasonic are considering teaming up for (via Reuters). Both companies recently made a joint announcement in which both companies indicated that they were considering working together towards furthering the development of batteries of EVs, or to be more specific, prismatic batteries.
This will be a departure from regular batteries used in EVs, like those used in Tesla which are cylindrical in nature. Prismatic batteries on the other hand are flat and pouch-shaped with a higher energy density, although the downside is that they are vulnerable to overheating and swelling, something you definitely don’t want to see while you’re driving.
Speaking at the joint news conference, Toyota President Akio Toyoda said, “The auto industry faces many hurdles to developing next-generation batteries which are difficult for automakers or battery makers to tackle on their own. It would be difficult for us to meet our 2030 goals given the current pace of battery development. That’s why we’re looking to Panasonic and other companies to help us develop ever-better cars and batteries.”
Driving at night can sometimes be a completely different experience compared to the day. You might be tired from school or work or a night out, it isn’t as bright, or sometimes you travel to places you’re not familiar with. This can pose a danger to yourself as well as to pedestrians, but Toyota is looking to do something about that.
The company has recently announced its next-gen SafetySense tech for its cars, where it will now be capable of detecting pedestrians at night and cyclists during the day, where if it detects someone in front of you, it will be able to slow down the car faster so as to prevent an accident. There will also be an upgraded lane departure alert system that has an improved road edge detection, along with an adaptive cruise control.
According to Chris Nielsen, executive vice president of product support and chief quality officer of Toyota Motor North America, “The second generation of Toyota Safety Sense takes our industry-leading suite of safety technologies to the next level, delivering new advanced and intuitive protections that are another step toward a future without traffic injuries or fatalities.”
Toyota claims that the new SafetySense will be rolled out to “certain vehicles” in mid-2018, but stopped short of specifying which models will be getting them, but we expect those details will be revealed soon enough.
We’re seeing a lot of new partnerships in the electric and self-driving car market. Many companies in this market are gearing up for the future of the automotive industry. Japanese auto giant Toyota announced today that it has teamed up with Mazda and supplier Dense for technology development for electric cars.
According to the press release issued by Toyota today, the three companies will be jointly working on developing “basic structural technologies” for electric cars. They have also decided to set up a new company which will consist of selected engineers from the three companies to ensure that the joint technological projects are efficiently implemented.
The agreement between Toyota, Mazda, and Denso is going to cover a wide variety of vehicles such as passenger cars, SUVs, minivehicles, and light trucks. The basic structural technologies for electric cars that they create will cover this entire range of vehicle segments.
The companies are going to dedicate an equal amount of development resources. Taking advantage of existing production facilities, they will strive for efficient development processes. Mazda and Toyota intend to focus on their fundamental car manufacturing values to enable the creation of “appealing” electric cars that embody the unique identities of each brand.
They’re also hopeful that other car manufacturers and suppliers will join the group to further advance the work on standardization of electric car technologies.