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LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 08: Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda, seen in the background on screen, introduces the e-Palette Concept Vehicle, a fully autonomous, battery-electric vehicle with open control interface to allow partner companies to install their own automated driving system, during a press event for CES 2018 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on January 8, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs from January 9-12 and features about 3,900 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 170,000 attendees. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

During the CES this year Toyota unveiled the e-Palette platform concept. What’s an e-Palette? It’s a fully autonomous, battery powered platform that could be used for a number of things. Toyota claims they’ll put it to use at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (and use it), plus they’ve got partners like Amazon, Didi, Pizza Hut and more. So what will it do? Imagine mobile shopping, they bring the store to you. Food delivery, ride sharing, parcel delivery (could Amazon finally have their own fleet). The hardest part with concepts like this is looking beyond our years and trying to clear your mind…It’s fun to think about it (and really hard at the same time). What do YOU think about this? email me: bigjim@wcsx.comĀ 

Toyota e-Palette Introduction

Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda announced a new mobility service business alliance and e-Palette Concept Vehicle designed to meet the demands of future multi-mode transportation and business applications. Unveiled at CES, the new e-Palette Alliance will leverage Toyota's proprietary Mobility Services Platform (MSPF) to develop a suite of connected mobility solutions and a flexible, purpose-built vehicle.

(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)