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Toyota developing self-driving, battery-powered convenience stores

Japanese carmaker Toyota in partnership with Amazon, DiDi, Mazda, Pizza Hut, and Uber is developing fully-autonomous, battery-electric mini-buses.

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Author: PetrolPlaza Correspondent Daniel Infante Tuaño

Called e-Palette, the self-driving electric vehicle could serve as on-the-road convenience store, food truck, parcel delivery van, mobile office, or a ride-sharing car.

It has an open interior design layout, available in three sizes, and designed to meet the demands of future multi-mode transportation and business applications.

The project was unveiled at the 2018 Consumer Electrics Show in Las Vegas and will be tested at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

“Toyota remains committed to making ever better cars. 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,” said Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda.

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