One of futuristic vehicles that Toyota announced at the 46th Tokyo Motor Show 2019 was Toyota e-Palette. The company announced that it would supply up to 20 e-Palette vehicles specially designed to support athlete mobility during Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Toyota e-Palette is an automated, loop-line transportation to transport athletes and related staff around Olympic and Paralympic villages. It’s a battery operated, autonomous vehicles adapted specifically during the games based on feedback from athletes about their mobility needs in the past games.
During the development process, athletes, especially Paralympians, helped the design team to better understand how e-Palette can meet the needs for simple, convenient, and comfortable mobility. This project is not just about designing a vehicle but it also offers great opportunities for passengers to interact with each others, share new experiences, and even be moved emotionally.
This is actually not a new design, e-Palette was announced in 2018 as a service vehicle. But for Tokyo 2020 Version, e-Palette has been adapted to meet unique needs of Olympic and Paralympic villages with large doors and electric ramps. This new design allows for all athletes to board quickly and easily. This vehicle will be controlled by an automated driving system that can operate up to 20km/h supported by an on-board safety operator.