Toyota e-Palette Concept Vehicle debuts at 2018 CES

Us in the Pizza Hut Dystopia suddenly filled with the need to murder and find a toilet

Us in the Pizza Hut Dystopia suddenly filled with the need to murder and find a toilet

For Toyota, though, the auto also represents a key alliance in development of mobility-as-a-service between them, Amazon, Didi, Mazda, Pizza Hut, and Uber, with vehicle planning, application concepts and vehicle verification activities all on the agenda.

"The automobile industry is clearly amidst its most dramatic period of change as technologies like electrification, connected and automated driving are making significant progress", Toyoda said.

Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Corp., told attendees of the show that self-driving cars will loosen distinctions between brick-and-mortar and online sales, the Washington Times reported. Just as important, we are developing mobility solutions to help everyone enjoy their lives, and we are doing our part to create an ever-better society for the next 100 years and beyond. Thus, they can serve to deliver parcels, act as shuttles, and also become pop-up stores without the added investment in real-estate.

The vehicle is being called the e-Palette, and while it is primarily meant to utilize Toyota's own technologies, the company notes it has a certain flexibility to allow other companies, be it purchasing or leasing it, to host their own preferred automated-driving system. "Toyota is an exceptional fit as a technology partner to accelerate our commitment to the best delivery experience".

Toyota e-Palette fully-autonomous concept vehicle unveiled at Consumer Electronics Show.

Partners in the project, which is set to be deployed 'in the early 2020s, ' include Amazon, Uber, Pizza Hut and China-based Didi. The consumers will have easy access to goods along with the added bonus of personal services.

Toyota hopes for the vehicle to debut at the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Wasting not a beat to promote one of its perfectly relevant cautionary tales, the Black Mirror Twitter account took a hilarious jab at Pizza Hut's own social media announcement, which featured the pizza maker's version of an "e-Palette" vehicle.

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