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Tokyo 2020 to experience driverless cars

Toyota hoping to use the vehicles in the athletes’ village during the Olympics.

by Nick Friend

Tokyo 2020 to experience driverless cars

Athletes at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo will be able to travel in driverless electric vehicles.

Toyota Motor Corporation, the Japanese automotive manufacturer, has revealed that its e-Palette cars will transport competitors through the athletes’ village at the Games. The cuboid-shaped battery-powered vehicle, which was unveiled conceptually in January, does not have a driver’s seat.

Japan’s largest automaker, Toyota will provide more than 3,000 vehicles for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The fleet will also include the Mirai – the first mass-produced fuel cell car, as well as the Toyota Sora, a fuel cell bus.

The fuel cell vehicles have been designed as part of Toyota’s environmental push, with the electricity for the vehicles produced by a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen.

Toyota will also present its Concept-i car at the Games, which has the capacity to determine its driver’s feelings and emotions, using artificial intelligence.