Toyota will provide a fleet of over 3,000 passenger vehicles at the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo that are focused on mobility and sustainability.
Toyota’s focus on mobility at the games aims to provide the freedom to move everyone, including those with impairments, through the Tokyo 2020 games, according to the automaker. Toyota will showcase vehicles that are designed to function with little or no direct human control. Verification testing and demonstrations using SAE Level 4 automation, where all driving functions are performed by the vehicle in certain well-defined areas of operation, will take place in the Tokyo Water Front City and Haneda areas in Tokyo.
Vehicles part of this focus on mobility includes demonstration of the TOYOTA Concept-I, which is able to recognizes drivers' emotions and preferences and can make conversation using artificial intelligence (AI); the e-Palette, a next generation battery electric vehicle specially designed for Mobility as a Service (MaaS); and the WelCab, which are designed to transport the elderly and disabled; as well as new personal mobility devices and other support for last-mile mobility needs.
Meanwhile, Toyota’s focus on sustainability will be centered on the realization of a hydrogen society, according to Toyota. The automaker will support the games with a large number of zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) such as the Mirai sedan, the Sora fuel cell bus, as well as fuel cell forklifts made and sold by Toyota Industries Corporation. Toyota’s latest battery electric, hybrid electric, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles will mainly compose the rest of the fleet.
The transportation system of the games in 2020 will be supported by a Toyota production system, which will utilize the latest information and connected technologies, such as vehicle data communication modules connected to its mobility service platform, to provide safe transportation of people and freight during the games.