Amazon and Toyota team up for futuristic transport and services

One step towards a different society may well be on the horizon. Known for its innovative technology, the Toyota company recently unveiled its plans for a futuristic mode of transport. Not only this, but they have also announced their partnership with Amazon Inc. to deliver fully autonomous electric vehicles to deliver packages, pizza and people to desired destinations.

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All of this was announced at CES, a gathering place for the consumer technologies over the last 50 years. This trade show brings together creative minded thinkers and business leaders. Amazon Inc. is equally excited about the deal, imagining the possibilities of changing the way we live our lives and how we gain access to things. Other companies on board with Amazon Inc. are Pizza Hut, Uber Technologies Inc., Mazda Motor Corp. and Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing.

Image: Corinne Reichert/ZDNet

Image: Corinne Reichert/ZDNet

With new E-Palette by Toyota, the vehicle will be entirely electrical powered, using autonomous technology. With this alliance, comes together a battery-electric e-Palette. It will be operated by using an open-source control type interface, allowing partner companies to install their very own automated driving systems. With the e-Palette, they will have a wide range of different uses. Some of these include delivering and retail among ride sharing possibilities.

With the ride sharing transportation, users will be able to opt-in for on-demand meal deliveries as well. Additionally, businesses and communities could combine several of the e-Palettes together for on-demand malls, medical clinics, entertainment, and festivals as well. The vehicles can also be changed and reconfigured for daily use. Toyota plans to have various different distribution centers to house these types of vehicles. Their mobility services platform will thus be turned into a common platform.

Image: Toyota Motor Corp. Toyota driverless economy transport Amazon partnership

Image: Toyota Motor Corp. Toyota driverless economy transport Amazon partnership

Initially, the plans are to debut this new tech at the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics Games along with other mobility technology in the works. Everyone on both sides are excited to see where all of this goes. It really is a big deal in every way.

“This 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,” Akio Toyoda, the automaker’s president, said in a statement Monday.

“We’re constantly looking for ways to innovate and help improve our logistics operations, and in this partnership with Toyota we’ll collaborate and explore new opportunities to improve the speed and quality of delivery for our customers,” Tim Collins, vice president of Amazon Logistics, said in an emailed statement.

(Source: ZDNet and Bloomberg Technology)

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