Toyota Teaming Up With Pizza Hut, Uber, Amazon To Create Autonomous Vehicles
Toyota believes the future of the automobile is autonomous vehicles, but the Japanese automaker also sees a niche for self-driving vehicles that will not only transport people, but also transport pizza. And not just deliver pizza, but be a mobile pizzeria. Toyota sees a future that includes electric-powered box-like vehicles that are like a cargo container on wheels which will complete a myriad of tasks such as people-mover, mobile office, portable retail store, medical clinics, and hotel rooms. Toyota is calling their new fully-automated vehicle “e-Palettes” and the car company has already garnered interest from Uber, Amazon, and Pizza Hut.
At the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, Toyota unveiled these transparent self-driving boxes that may someday roam cities. Some will offer ride-sharing services and some will turn into mobile pizza joints. Toyota has already struck partnerships with Amazon, Uber, Pizza Hut, Didi Chuxing, and Mazda. The “mobility service business alliance” will bring the multi-functioning vehicles to a variety of companies and perform various tasks. Toyota says it hopes to debut its e-Palette project at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.