Toyota Unveils Self-Driving Shuttle

Toyota Motor Corp. says it and an international alliance will develop and begin testing the e-Palette Concept, a self-driving electric shuttle, in the U.S. and elsewhere in the early 2020s.

The consortium aims to develop the toaster-shaped e-Palette in three sizes (pictured): a large bus or package delivery vehicle, midsize shuttle and a tiny model that can operate on sidewalks. Joining Toyota in the e-Palette Alliance are Amazon, DiDi, Mazda, Pizza Hut and Uber.

The e-Palette Alliance will use Toyota’s proprietary mobility services platform to create an array of connected-mobility products and services that can be demonstrated with the three sizes of e-Palette vehicles. Toyota President Akio Toyoda describes the project as a “major step forward in our evolution towards sustainable mobility.”

All the test vehicles will feature an open vehicle control interface and software toolkit so companies can plug in their own automated driving system.​​​​​​