Toyota And Pizza Hut Annonces Self-Driving Delivery Van At CES 2018
Jan 10 2018 by Michele Stevens
Toyota plans to implement testing of the e-Palette Vehicle Concept in several regions, including the United States, as early as 2020.
In the U.S., automotive manufacturer Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has announced the launch of a new alliance focused on developing autonomous electric vehicles for parcel delivery, ride sharing, on-the-road e-commerce and more.
The company is teaming with Ford to create a self-driving pizza delivery auto that would require customers to punch a four-digit code into a keypad on the vehicle to remove the pizza through the rear window.
"It is a flexible platform that can be adapted to a range of services", Toyoda said, including ridesharing, retail, medical services or entertainment.
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"Today, you have to travel to the stores", Toyota president Akio Toyoda said during the presentation.
The company has also formed a new mobility service business alliance for the development of advanced vehicle and related mobility services for business applications.
Both Pizza Hut and Toyota plan to collect data from delivery vehicles this year in an attempt to increase delivery efficiency and safety, Business Insider reported. "The e-Palette Alliance and e-Palette fully-autonomous vehicle are major steps in our expansion to advance products and services that help provide mobility for all, and we're thrilled to continue the journey in partnership with Pizza Hut". "Toyota remains committed to making ever better cars".
Internationally, Pizza Hut recently created a startup: Pizza Hut Digital Ventures, which is pioneering new ways to own the modern pizza experience all over the world.