Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Toyota and Pizza Hut Team Up on Self-Driving Pizza-Delivery Vehicle

Toyota and Pizza Hut Team Up on Self-Driving Pizza-Delivery Vehicle

Toyota plans to start testing the vehicle, named the e-Palette, as soon as 2020.

Toyota has launched the e-Palette concept at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which is created to meet the demands of future multi-mode transportation and business applications. Postmates joins existing Ford partner, Domino's Pizza, and was a chance for the auto company to show how it's pivoting towards being a "mobility" company and how autonomous vehicles can be used to generate revenue.

With that said the Pizza Hut have upped seemingly tried to one-up the competition, and made the announcement at CES (The International Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas yesterday.

For Pizza Hut, the e-Palette solution could support the company's delivery business in the future or, given the flexibility of the e-Palette design, could even serve as a mobile kitchen in areas of the world where such an experience would match consumer interests. These will then be safeguarded by Toyota's Guardian technology which will act as a safety net to ensure the other companies' software's appropriate operation.

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According to Toyota, there are three sizes of e-Palette Concept, with different lengths (depending on the purpose-built specification). Toyota also hopes to provide mobility solutions in the Olympic and Paralympic Games to be held in Tokyo in 2020. It is a fully automated, "next generation-battery" electric vehicle (BEV) created to be scalable and customisable. The autonomous prototype is built on a Lexus LS 600hL and uses radar, cameras, and a Luminar LIDAR system with 200-meter range to achieve perception of a 360-degree perimeter.

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

Toyota took longer than rivals to warm to the idea of autonomous vehicles, but has committed $1 billion through 2020 to develop advanced automated driving and artificial intelligence technology.

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