TodayApril 15, 2022

Toyota e-Palette changes the moving space concept

Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

For the sophisticated mobility palate, Toyota connected has launched a concept vehicle and new mobility ecosystem at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

* Toyota’s Global Mobility Services Platform (MSP) will be leveraged with the e-Palette alliance which will develop advanced vehicle and related mobility services for business applications.

Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda announced a new mobility service business alliance
Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda announced a new mobility service business alliance

* The e-Palette Concept Vehicle will be an entirely autonomous, battery-electric vehicle (BEV) with an open control interface that will allow partner companies to install their unique automated driving system.

Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda announced a new mobility service business alliance. The e-Palette Alliance will launch with partners that include Amazon, DiDi, Mazda, Pizza Hut, and Uber. The e-Palette Concept Vehicle will be designed to meet the demands of future multi-mode transportation and business applications.

“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,” said Akio Toyoda.

2018 CES Toyota e-palette Gill Pratt scrum

The automobile industry is in the middle of a dramatic period of change as technologies such as electrification, connected car, and automated driving are making significant progress. Toyota unveiled a concept car that will showcase mobility solutions in the future.

The new e-Palette Alliance was unveiled at CES and will showcase Toyota’s proprietary Mobility Services Platform (MSPF) that was announced in 2016. Through the hardware and software, a suite of connected mobility solutions the alliance will be able to use the advanced mobility technology in order to better serve customers. Launch partners Amazon, DiDi, Mazda, Pizza Hut, and Uber will focus on the development of the new e-Palette Concept Vehicle unveiled at CES.

The e-Palette concept reflects one of Toyota’s visions for Automated Mobility as a Service (Autono-MaaS) applications. It is a fully-automated, next-generation battery electric vehicle (BEV) designed to be scalable and flexible enough for a range of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) businesses.

Automated Mobility as a Service (Autono-MaaS) applications
Automated Mobility as a Service (Autono-MaaS) applications

The e-Palette Concept Vehicle’s open interface control and software tools allow partner companies to install their proprietary automated driving system and vehicle management technology. Dr. Gill Pratt Toyota Executive Technical Advisor Chief Executive Officer Toyota Research Institute, Inc. (TRI) used the example of the internet as the way this partnership will work, “There are many companies on the internet, but each router has checks and balances.” Toyota’s Guardian technology is the check and balance for the vehicle interface for the partners.

Toyota Connected is the company’s data analysis and services subsidiary for mobility businesses and data services. With an open interior design layout, the e-Palette can be outfitted with purpose-built interiors per the user’s needs. The e-Palette could be used for parcel delivery or ride-sharing.

If you think about food trucks, they come to where the people are located. That is the concept of the e-Palette, to get optimum usage through various business solutions.

Toyota envisions the e-Palette Concept in three sizes, allowing not just need-specific applications, but also right-sized and right-place mobile solutions.

Going forward, e-Palette Alliance partners will be able to leverage the e-Palette Concept in coordination with Toyota’s full range of MSPF services or they will be able to incorporate the vehicle into their own technology development program. The e-Palette Concept’s design reflects an open control interface and a set of software tools that will allow partner companies to mount their own automated driving system as desired.

Toyota’s first foray with the concept vehicle will be at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, 2020.

toyota e-Palette alliance
Toyota e-Palette alliance

Main Features of the Toyota e-Palette

* Extensive interior space with a low floor/cube shape design
There are three sizes of e-Palette Concepts, with different lengths (depending on the specs needed). Because of a flat and extensive barrier-free interior space layout designed with a low floor, the equipment can be installed by the user’s needs, such as ridesharing
specifications, hotel room specifications, and retail shopping specifications.

* The lengths will vary from approximately 4m to 7m. The dimension of the CES 2018 design model was Length 4,800mm, Width 2,000mm, Height 2,250mm.

* Next-Generation vehicle control interface:

The vehicle control technology is being used as an interface for technology providers. Technology providers can receive open Application Programming Interface (API) such as vehicle state and vehicle control, necessary for the development of automated driving systems (automated driving control software and cameras/sensors, etc.). The e-Palette Concept also leverages the power of the Mobility Services Platform to enable over-the-air updates of the automated driving systems

* Mobility Services Platform (MSPF) Enabled:

Vehicle information is gathered from the Data Communication Module (DCM) fitted to the e- Palette Concept and accumulated in the Toyota Big Data Center (TBDC) through a global communication platform. The e-Palette Concept will capitalize on this vehicle information to support a variety of finance options, as well as high-level maintenance in cooperation with Toyota dealers. The API required by service providers, like vehicle state and dynamic management, can be viewed on the Mobility Services Platform.

Toyota’s Global Mobility Services Platform (MSP)
Toyota’s Global Mobility Services Platform (MSP)
Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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