Toyota reveals self-driving delivery pod

Electric, autonomous delivery truck coming soon


It’s still a concept at this stage, however by the early 2020s we might see this vehicle on the roads delivering our pizzas and online purchases.

It’s called the e-Palette and it has been developed by Toyota and Mazda, along with Amazon, Pizza Hut, Uber, and ride-sharing giant Didi.

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Unveiling the concept just hours ago at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Toyota say the e-Palette will first be deployed at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

And, it can do more than just deliver goods in a last-mile type application, they say the vehicle can also be utilised as a mini-bus, or set-up as a mobile retail or office space.

How big is the e-Palette? Lengths vary from 4m to 7m (approximately), with the concept model being 4.8m long, 2.0m wide and 2.25m high.

Toyota President Akio Toyoda says vehicles like the e-Palette are the future.

“We are developing mobility solutions to help everyone enjoy their lives, and we are doing our part to create an ever-better society for the next 100 years and beyond.

“This announcement marks a major step forward in our evolution towards sustainable mobility, demonstrating our continued expansion beyond traditional cars and trucks to the creation of new values including services for customers.”

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