Specially-Designed Toyota "Tokyo 2020 Version" e-Palette to Provide Automated Mobility to Athletes
Japanese automaker Toyota is the official mobility partner for the 2020 Summer Olympics as well as Paralympics, both of which take place in Tokyo.
The Japanese car manufacturer has developed both vehicles and robots that will be helpful during the event. Electric powered driverless minibuses and fuel cell buses will play a key role in the extensive passenger transport in Tokyo in association with the 2020 Olympic Games.
The latest vehicle for the Toyota Summer Olympics is specially-designed "Tokyo 2020 Version" e-Palette buses.
The small buses are intended to transport athletes, officials and other guests in the Olympic village at a maximum speed of about 20 km / h.
The buses are self-driven in the area that includes the Olympic Village, but there will always be a safety driver on the move.
The cuboid-shaped vehicle boasts a long wheelbase and flat floor that enables it to accommodate up to four people in wheelchairs and up to seven standing passengers at the same time.
The e-Palette's interiors also feature handrails and seats that are easy to use for passengers of all heights, while components such as the floor, seats and trim have contrasting colours to cater to people with colour-blindness.
Toyota announced last week that it will supply up to 20 e-Palette vehicles to support athlete mobility at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. The e-Palette will be revealed and exhibited at Toyota's booth during the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show held in Japan from October 23 to November 4.