Toyota Takes Mobility a Step Further
Toyota wants to challenge people’s perception of modern transportation. The Japanese automotive titan aims to provide a diverse range of mobility services and transportation solutions to people around the world as it becomes not only a car company but a mobility company as well.
At the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Toyota claims that 90 percent of their vehicles that will be used in the event will be fully electric, aiming to achieve the lowest emissions target level of any official vehicle fleet used at the Olympic and Paralympic Games and reduce the burden on the environment.
Toyota aims to provide a total of around 3,700 mobility products and/or vehicles for Tokyo 2020. Nearly 90 percent of the official vehicle fleet will be fully electric. Electrified vehicles include Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV), Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV), such as the hydrogen-powered Mirai, Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV), the Prius.
PHV (known as Prius Prime in some markets), and Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV), including the “APM” (Accessible People Mover) and the e-Palette as well as TOYOTA Concept-i, which will provide a unique and wide-range of diverse mobility during Tokyo 2020. Among the electrified vehicles provided, Toyota will deploy approximately 500 FCEVs and approximately 850 BEVs, the largest of any fleet for a Games to date.
Toyota will continue to build and sell conventional vehicles, but is developing a range of products for people currently underserved by conventional transportation and personal mobility solutions. Toyota claims on their website: “Mobility for all―bringing the joy and freedom of movement to all people―is the goal we work toward.” The company aims to conceive innovations in next-generation mobility featuring cutting-edge technologies with the capacity for “expanding the possibilities of future mobility.”
But electric vehicles aren’t all that Toyota’s working on. The Japanese company has research initiatives into dozens of related fields. Their robotics group created the T-HR3 Humanoid robot, which could, Toyota claims, do your chores. They have also used their robotics intelligence to provide bedside nursing support for the sick or elderly. The company has also shown the exoskeleton-like WelWalk rehabilitation device, which assists patients recovering from leg paralysis.
It seems like Toyota is serious about moving forward in more ways than one. In a world dominated by technology, the mobility company aims to make machines more accessible and more helpful to everyone.