Toyota has launched its new electric vehicle that combines e-commerce with automated driving at the world’s largest technology show.
The Japanese car giant showed off the machines, which have been created with big name launch partners that include Amazon, Pizza Hut and Uber, at the CES show in Las Vegas.
Toyota plans to use these cars for transporting supplies and parcels, to provide a personalised shopping experience and for transporting people on their commute or simply out and about.
The machines, if they make it into production, could be used in groups for things such as festivals and markets.
Akio Toyoda, president of the company, said the announcement “marks a major step forward in our evolution towards sustainable mobility, demonstrating our continued expansion beyond traditional cars and trucks to the creation of new values, including services for customers”.
The e-Palette Concept vehicles have software tools that allow different companies to show the machine and use it for different purposes, such as pizza delivery or for dropping a client off.
The vehicles come in three sizes, varying between four and seven metres long, with the one being shown at CES measuring 4.8 metres long, 2 metres wide and 2,25 metres high.
The interior of the vehicle can be changed depending on what it is being used for, be it delivery boxes, seated commuters or even a mobile store.
The other companies involved in the launch are DiDi and Mazda.
Toyota intends to put the vehicle on the roads at the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.