Toyota says it will supply up to 20 specially-designed ‘Tokyo 2020 Version’ e-Palette vehicles to support athlete mobility at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.
The battery-electric, automated vehicles have been adapted specifically for use during the Games to transport athletes and related staff around the Olympic and Paralympic villages.
The e-Palette is Toyota’s first vehicle developed specifically for autonomous mobility as a service applications.
Takahiro Muta, development leader for the ‘Tokyo 2020 Version’ e-Palette, says: “Throughout the development process, athletes, especially Paralympians, helped us to better understand how we could adapt and upgrade the e-Palette to better meet the need for simple, convenient and comfortable mobility.”
He adds: “We are proud to work with them on a vehicle that will not just move athletes physically throughout the Olympic and Paralympic villages, but will also offer them new opportunities to interact with others, share new experiences, and be moved emotionally.”
The e-Palette will be exhibited at Toyota’s booth during the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show held in Japan from October 23 to November 4.