Toyota has launched the e-Palette concept at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which is designed to meet the demands of future multi-mode transportation and business applications. The concept car is part of a larger mobility service business alliance, which will leverage Toyota’s Mobility Services Platform (MSPF) for the creation of a suite of connected mobility solutions.

This new alliance will create a broad-based ecosystem of hardware and software support designed to help companies use advance mobility technology to better reach their customers. The e-Palette is a box-shaped transporter that can have customised interiors to suit its users’ needs, be it ride-sharing, goods delivery or on-the-road e-commerce.

For even greater flexibility, Toyota may make the e-Palette in three sizes to better serve a wider range of applications. For the unit exhibited at CES 2018, dimensions are 4,800 mm in length, 2,000 mm in width and 2,250 mm in height.

In terms of vehicular control, technology providers can take advantage of the e-Palette’s open vehicle control interface, enabling partner companies to install their own automated driving systems and vehicle management technology. These will then be safeguarded by Toyota’s Guardian technology which will act as a safety net to ensure the other companies’ software’s appropriate operation.

A ‘global communication platform’ will also gather information from the data communication module fitted to the e-Palette, and the information will then be used to tailor programming to specific business needs. Launch partners include Amazon, DiDi, Mazda, Pizza Hut and Uber, according to Toyota, who will collaborate with the automaker on planning, application concepts and more.