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Toyota insists its e-Palette is more than a concept car

Toyota insists its e-Palette is more than a concept car
From Engadget - January 12, 2018

Toyota also needs to think about public safety and how the e-Palette fits into public policy around the world. Legislators are slowly preparing for a future with autonomous cars. However, with its multipurpose design, the e-Palette is quite different from the average Tesla. Toyota has, however, already won the support of one city. It plans to run the e-Palette alongside other mobility solutions during the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. "Toyada-san is very ambitious," Merckling said. "He always has been. So when he gives a deadline like that, he really wants to meet it. He's not just throwing something out there for fun."

Toyota hopes to have trials in North America and Europe shortly after the games. A full commercial launch is, of course, a long way off. But the company is hell-bent on bringing the e-Palette concept to life. "It's going to be a fun challenge," Merckling added. "We do not want this to be a concept vehicle that's shown off one time and then it's gone. We actually want to develop this and have it on the road." If Toyota can do that while keeping its original vision intact, it will be the CEOs of Facebook and Apple, rather than Toyoda, who are kept up at night.

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