Are you ready for the future of pizza deliveries? No, it’s not drones — at least not yet. While we all wait for that day, Toyota is pushing forward with their e-Palette line of autonomous vehicles. Thanks to Toyota’s e-Palette vehicles and their partnership with Pizza Hut, someday your pizza will arrive curbside without having to tip your driver.
Of course, the big news here is actually Toyota’s new e-Palette vehicles which will open up new ways for driverless cars to serve us in the future. Whether it’s getting your latest shipment from Amazon, taking an Uber, or getting your pizza in 30 minutes or less, automated vehicles are going to change your life. Amazon, DiDi, Mazda, Pizza Hut, and Uber are all among some of the first companies who have partnered with Toyota for their new Mobility Services Platform MSPF.
The range of flexible autonomous vehicles will come in three different sizes with an open interior that can be customized to fit the needs of multiple industries. For instance, Pizza Hut could turn them into mobile kitchens. Toyota’s fully battery operated e-Palette vehicles will also allow each partner to install their own automated driving system and vehicle management technology. Toyota’s own Guardian software will act as a safety net to ensure proper operation.
The future is in automation but these e-Palette vehicles won’t be hitting the roads anytime soon. Testing isn’t expected to begin until early 2020 in the US and other countries, but there are plans to take part in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic games in Toyota’s home country of Japan.