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Toyota's e-Palette concept showcases the future of mobile business

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The Toyota e-Palette is shown for the first time at CES
The Toyota e-Palette is shown for the first time at CES
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It's about scale, and Toyota's Mobility Services Platform (MSPF) enables it. Vehicle information is gathered from the Data Communication Module (DCM) and accumulated in the Toyota Big Data Center (TBDC) through a global communication platform. The e-Palette Concept will support a variety of finance options, as well as maintenance in cooperation with Toyota dealers. The API required by service providers, like vehicle state and dynamic management, can be viewed on the MSPF. It's a very clever way of utilising the Toyota eco-system for a myriad of partnership needs.
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It's about scale, and Toyota's Mobility Services Platform (MSPF) enables it. Vehicle information is gathered from the Data Communication Module (DCM) and accumulated in the Toyota Big Data Center (TBDC) through a global communication platform. The e-Palette Concept will support a variety of finance options, as well as maintenance in cooperation with Toyota dealers. The API required by service providers, like vehicle state and dynamic management, can be viewed on the MSPF. It's a very clever way of utilising the Toyota eco-system for a myriad of partnership needs.
With this system, vehicle control technology is being used as an interface for technology providers. Technology providers can receive the open APIs  necessary for the development of automated driving systems (software, cameras, sensors, etc) and enable over-the-air updates of the automated driving systems.
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With this system, vehicle control technology is being used as an interface for technology providers. Technology providers can receive the open APIs  necessary for the development of automated driving systems (software, cameras, sensors, etc) and enable over-the-air updates of the automated driving systems.
Toyota envisions three different sizes of e-Palette with lengths ranging from 4.0 meters to 7.0 meters.
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Toyota envisions three different sizes of e-Palette with lengths ranging from 4.0 meters to 7.0 meters.
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The runaway success of ride-sharing schemes such as Uber has accelerated the mobility changes of electrification and autonomous vehicle development
Toyota's mobile hotel room concept is based on the e-Palette Concept shown at CES today
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Toyota's mobile hotel room concept is based on the e-Palette Concept shown at CES today
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Toyota's mobile office/studio concept is based on the e-Palette Concept shown at CES today
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Toyota's mobile e-commerce concept is based on the e-Palette Concept shown at CES today
With a range of interiors available, the e-Palette can be easily reconfigured.
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With a range of interiors available, the e-Palette can be easily reconfigured.
Toyota's mobile e-commerce concept is based on the e-Palette Concept shown at CES today
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Toyota's mobile e-commerce concept is based on the e-Palette Concept shown at CES today
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Toyota's mobile restaurant concept is based on the e-Palette Concept shown at CES today
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This ride sharing concept is based on the e-Palette Concept shown at CES today.
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This hospital shuttle concept is based on the e-Palette
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This mobile logistics concept is based on the e-Palette Concept shown at CES today
This mobile logistics concept is based on the e-Palette Concept shown at CES today
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This mobile logistics concept is based on the e-Palette Concept shown at CES today
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This mobile pizzeria concept is based on the e-Palette Concept shown at CES today
Toyota's mobile e-commerce concept is based on the e-Palette Concept shown at CES today
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Toyota's mobile e-commerce concept is based on the e-Palette Concept shown at CES today
Toyota's e-Palette concept opens up a range of possibilities for creating bespoke mobile business platforms
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Toyota's e-Palette concept opens up a range of possibilities for creating bespoke mobile business platforms
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Toyota's mobile-genius-in-residence concept is based on the e-Palette Concept shown at CES today
Toyota's e-Palette concept opens up a range of possibilities for creating bespoke mobile business platforms
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Toyota's e-Palette concept opens up a range of possibilities for creating bespoke mobile business platforms
The Toyota e-Palette is shown for the first time at CES
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The Toyota e-Palette is shown for the first time at CES
The Toyota e-Palette is shown for the first time at CES
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The Toyota e-Palette is shown for the first time at CES
The Toyota e-Palette is shown for the first time at CES
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The Toyota e-Palette is shown for the first time at CES
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The Toyota e-Palette is shown for the first time at CES
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The Toyota e-Palette is shown for the first time at CES

If you want a deep glimpse into what the future might look like on our roads, Toyota's new e-Palette concept vehicle and the underpinning Toyota Global Mobility Services Platform (MSPF) are a good place to start. The e-Palette concept was shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas for the first time today.

Like many industries ravaged by digital technologies and connectivity, the traditional role of the car manufacturer is about to go the same way as the blacksmith, book store, music shop and travel agency. Not long ago, automakers made cars, but they are now part of the much larger mobility industry and if they don't stay ahead of the dramatic changes underway, they risk becoming irrelevant.

All of the key trends in the mobility industry accelerated in 2017: autonomous driving, shared mobility, connectivity and electrification, and all are addressed in Toyota's newly announced e-Palette Alliance, which will leverage Toyota's Mobility Services Platform to offer a suite of solutions designed to make it easy to create a purpose-built vehicle for almost any task.

From mobile "think-tanks" to hotels on wheels, the number of real world e-Palette examples shown in Las Vegas today are as fascinating in their diversity as the launch business alliance partners: online shopping giant Amazon, DiDi (a major Chinese ride-sharing company with 450 million users in 400 cities), Mazda, Pizza Hut and Uber.

With a range of interiors available, the e-Palette can be easily reconfigured.
With a range of interiors available, the e-Palette can be easily reconfigured.

As the e-Palette concept stands right now, it is a fully-automated, battery electric vehicle (BEV). Toyota's automated driving technologies are optional, as the e-Palette comes with an open vehicle control interface and a set of software tools to enable partner companies to easily install their own automated driving system and vehicle management technology.

In many ways, you can think of the e-Palette as the computer for which you can write your own software at the same time as using Toyota's "network." It's designed as an ecosystem for mobility-powered businesses, including leasing, insurance, fleet management and big data.

Hence the e-Palette comes with a complete plug-and-play ecosystem with which to develop a mobility business, which no doubt appeals to Amazon and Pizza Hut whose core business is not automaking, leasing, insurance or fleet management.

Toyota's e-Palette concept opens up a range of possibilities for creating bespoke mobile business platforms
Toyota's e-Palette concept opens up a range of possibilities for creating bespoke mobile business platforms

Beyond the flexible framework and usage optimization, Toyota plans for the e-Palette to be made in three sizes with lengths varying from 4 to 7 meters (13 to 23 ft). The model shown at CES this week is 4.8 m (15.7 ft) long, 2 m (6.5 ft) wide and 2.25 m (7.4 ft) high.

Skip to the 15-minute mark of the video below to see the e-Palette concept introduced at CES.

Source: Toyota

CES 2018 | Toyota

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