Toyota showed off a concept car that's not only self-driving but also an electric vehicle. Instead of a traditional consumer auto, the E-Palette will help companies make deliveries in town – so partnerships with Amazon, Pizza Hut, Uber, and similar services will be necessary.
The mad rush for autonomous vehicles has boomed in recent years, as technology companies are partnering with automakers. Initially, Toyota wasn't as willing to jump into research and development as quickly as other automakers, but is quickly putting big investments towards self-driving technology.
Here is what Akio Toyoda, Toyota President, said in a statement: ”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.”
As neat as new tech can be, lawmakers and insurance companies are trying to sort out ideal methods to address necessary infrastructure improvements and safety guidelines.
What do you think? Excited for your next Amazon order or pizza to arrive at the front door delivered by an autonomous vehicle?
[Image courtesy of Reuters / Rick Wilking]
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