As fraction of its huge robot push for forthcoming 2020 Tokyo Paralympic and Olympic Games, Toyota claims it will have 20 of its e-Palette EVs on-site to transit athletes.
Each of the cars will travel via the village of the athletes along a designated loop at a relaxed 12 miles per hour. As an SAE Level 4-supported autonomous car, the e-Palette will be capable of navigating the region all on its own. On the other hand, a security attendant will be present on each car to make sure nothing goes south. Those abilities placed the e-Palette in almost the same ballpark as the present fleet of autonomous cars by Waymo.
Toyota claims that it checked with athletes to use the vehicle for their requirements. It can transit almost 4 passengers at the same time in wheelchairs and comprises an electric ramp to support quick and easy boarding. The firm also made the interior components of the Tokyo 2020 Version contrast to assist colorblind people.
The firm will also have a smaller variant of the car, dubbed as the Field Support Robot, at throwing sports to move javelins and shot puts. The e-Palette, for Toyota, in all its different forms, will act as marketing for the firm’s technical capabilities. In a statement with the media from CES last year, CEO Akio Toyoda claimed what he is most afraid of the firms such as Google coming into the automotive sector. The e-Palette is the firm’s bet that it can succeed in opposition to big techs.
On a related note, a group of tech and automotive businesses earlier joined hands to make the AVCC (Autonomous Vehicle Computing Consortium), in an attempt to make a platform that will market the scalable deployment of autonomous and automated vehicles.