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Specially-Designed Tokyo 2020 Version e-Palette to Provide Automated Mobility to Athletes

Auto News - Published on Mon, 14 Oct 2019

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Toyota announced that it will supply up to 20 specially-designed "Tokyo 2020 Version" e-Palette vehicles to support athlete mobility at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, where it will provide automated, loop-line transportation in the Olympic and Paralympic villages for athletes and related staff. The battery-electric, automated vehicles have been adapted specifically for use during the Games based in part on feedback from athletes about their mobility needs in the past games.

First announced in 2018, e-Palette is Toyota's first vehicle developed specifically for autonomous mobility as a service applications. It reflects Toyota's ongoing transition to a mobility company and combines electrification, connected networks, and advanced driving technologies to support new shared mobility businesses and business models. The "Tokyo 2020 Version" e-Palette has been adapted to meet the unique needs of the Olympic and Paralympic villages, featuring large doors and electric ramps to allow groups of athletes, including Paralympians, to board quickly and easily. The vehicle will be controlled by an automated driving system capable of operating up to 20 kilometers per hour at SAE level, supported by an on-board safety operator.

Deploying the e-Palette to support athlete and staff mobility is a key element of Toyota's program to provide advanced mobility solutions for Tokyo 2020 as the first worldwide mobility partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. In addition, Toyota plans to leverage the knowledge gained from operating e-Palette at Tokyo 2020 to continue developing the vehicle to support future Mobility-as-a-Service applications. The e-Palette will be revealed and exhibited at Toyota's booth during the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show*3 held in Japan from October 23 to November 4.

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Mon, 14 Oct 2019
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