Toyota inaugurates its e-Palette Alliance and Concept Vehicle at CES 2018

Black Mirror trolls Pizza Hut for self-driving van announcement at CES

Toyota took longer than rivals to warm to the idea of autonomous vehicles, but has committed $1 billion through 2020 to develop advanced automated driving and artificial intelligence technology.

"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. Just as important, 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.

The vehicle will have a low floor and an open interior design to allow customization according to the need of the hour. Tests in the USA and other areas are expected to begin in the same year to which it will partner with Pizza Hut, Amazon, and ridesharing giants Didi and Uber.

In the USA, automotive manufacturer Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has announced the launch of a new alliance focused on developing autonomous electric vehicles for parcel delivery, ride sharing, on-the-road e-commerce and more. These features expand Toyota's commitment to flexible partnerships.

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But fans of the show "Black Mirror" - whose episodes imagine dystopian futures based on modern trends and technology - were reminded of a similar-looking pizza delivery vehicle that hits a character in the episode "Crocodile".

Toyota revealed the e-Palette, an autonomous concept vehicle, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Monday. The consumers will have easy access to goods along with the added bonus of personal services.

Toyota announced it will also be teaming up with Amazon and Uber for potential uses of the e-Pallete, which Toyoda said the company plans on testing at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo as well as certain US regions. Toyota's so-called "guardian" technology will then act as a safety net, the company said.

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