The fully automated EV features an 'open' software platform and interior design, allowing companies to build highly specialized vehicles for different purposes.
Toyota has revealed its latest vision for the future of transportation, centering around the e-Pallette concept vehicle.
Making its debut at CES, the e-Pallette is a fully automated EV that aims to serve as an open platform that can be adapted by partner companies to serve different needs.
Toyota says the flexible interior layout could be easily optimized for parcel delivery, ride sharing or "on-the-road e-commerce." It is also available in three different sizes, taking inspiration from commercial vans that already span from small delivery trucks to shuttle buses that can hold more than a dozen passengers.
The vehicle is part of an 'e-Pallete Alliance', a partnership strategy that will allow other companies to create custom software for their own needs. Toyota will implement its own software 'safety net' to avoid potential problems with third-party configurations, however.
The Japanese automaker has already partnered with several big players from disparate industries such as Amazon, DiDi, Pizza Hut and Uber. Feasibility testing is expected to begin sometime in the early 2020s.
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