Toyota Intends to Deploy Autonomous Rolling Stores by 2020

Toyota is planning to start a line of autonomous stores, rolling around the neighborhood. Much like the rolling pizza store in the latest season of “Black Mirror” these stores will be able to bring you items that you request and do it without a driver. Full details on what they will carry are not there quite yet, but they are hoping to have their line out by 2020, unleashing an army of boxy kiosks and pizza shops on the population, one city at a time.

Key Takeaways:

  • By 2020, he said, Toyota will launch e-Palette, a configurable platform that will come in three sizes, allowing any conceivable business¬†or retailer to transform itself into a rolling storefront.
  • plans are in place to have autonomous battery-electric platforms ready to be commercialized in time for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo
  • Toyoda said the company has entered into business alliances with Amazon, Pizza Hut, and ride-sharing companies Didi and Uber to conjure up ways these platforms might be customized for different use cases.¬†

“consumers express a strong preference for ordering online rather than going to brick-and-mortar stores”