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Toyota unveils new fully-autonomous concept vehicle

10 January 2018, 07:03 | Jodi Jackson

Toyota and Pizza Hut have teamed up for this driverless e-palette concept Credit Pizza Hut

Toyota and Pizza Hut have teamed up for this driverless e-palette concept
Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut have enlisted the help of Toyota to bring their vision of bringing people a slice of their favourite pizza pie to their door, sans angry/confused delivery driver, thanks to the auto company's e-Palette driverless pod.

At this year's CES conference in Las Vegas, the world's second-largest automaker revealed the e-Palette Concept, a self-driving see-through box-shaped electric vehicle Toyota claims will be able to handle multiple areas of mobility services.

Pizza Hut is teaming up with Toyota to develop self-driving pizza delivery system.

'In the future, the store will come to you, ' he said, revealing the firm is already working with Amazon, Pizza Hut and China-based Didi.

In what was teased as an exciting leap into the future of delivery, the companies previewed their electric autonomous shuttle-or e-Palette vehicle-that may soon be dropping people and their packages to their desired locations.

The vehicle will have a low floor and an open interior design to allow customization according to the need of the hour. The e-Palettes are basically sleek, see-through, self-driving containers that companies could customize to deliver everything from food to fountain pens to flu shots.

'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, ' said Toyota President Akio Toyoda in a statement. A 2017 Intel study estimated that the autonomous vehicle industry will be worth $7 trillion by 2050.

But Pizza Hut isn't the first pizza giant to make a move toward driverless delivery, as Domino's announced its own plan in August. The companies preliminary testing for the process at Mcity, a simulated city environment on the campus of the University of MI. The latter is what the series explores in "Crocodile", through a hiccup with a seemingly harmless automated pizza delivery vehicle which strikes a pedestrian.

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