The Big Picture

Bob Carter shares Toyota’s latest vision of “Mobility for All” at CES in Las Vegas

January 08, 2019

The last two years, Toyota has been front and center at the CES trade show.
A year ago, Akio Toyoda introduced e-Palette — Toyota’s vision of a connected and flexible mobility ecosystem. In 2017, the company showed off the futuristic Concept-i and its highly interactive Yui interface.
For 2019, Bob Carter — TMNA executive vice president of sales —provided a broad overview of the organization’s transition from a vehicle to a mobility company. What follows are selected quotes from Carter's CES speech on Monday that help paint a picture of what a “Mobility for All” future might look like:

“Our goal is to use the power of technology to help everyone get where they want and need to be — or, if necessary, to bring what they want to where they need it. It’s an ambitious vision.”

“We’ve partnered with Panasonic to build a battery supply chain that can meet long-term demand for next generation hybrid, battery electric and fuel cell electric vehicles.”

“We’re expanding production to support a jump in fuel cell electric vehicle sales after 2020 with two major new facilities in Japan.”

“We’ve partnered with PACCAR, the parent company of Kenworth, to launch Project Portal. Now, thanks to the support of the Port of Los Angeles and the California Air Resources Board, we’re putting 10 new Portal trucks on the road to haul even more goods across the Los Angeles area — all with zero emissions. And our Tri-Gen facility at the port, when it comes online in 2020, will turn bio-waste into electricity and hydrogen.”

“Toyota Connected is at the forefront of re-imagining how data and technology can deliver effortless services that make life easier and driving safer, more convenient and fun. In just the last six months, Toyota Connected’s Mobility Services Platform was used to launch a new car sharing business in Hawaii and in Venice, Italy.”

“Monet Technologies, our joint venture with Softbank, will use the same platform to link data from connected vehicles to optimize supply and demand for advanced mobility services. For example, Monet will introduce just-in-time vehicle dispatch services — such as corporate shuttles — for Japanese agencies and companies. And in the later 2020s, Monet will introduce a mobility service that leverages e-Palette, unveiled by Akio Toyoda at last year’s CES.”

“Mobility is also about being of service to people and enabling their mobility. To that end, the Toyota Mobility Foundation’s Mobility Unlimited Challenge will grant $4 million in funding for assistive technologies that can improve the mobility and independence of people with lower-limb paralysis. More than 80 teams globally applied.”

“Our journey to becoming a mobility company is no small task. Impossible, some might say. But Toyota’s history is all about taking on challenges that no one believed could be solved. Together, we can facilitate and activate the freedom to move whether it’s across the country, across town, or across a room.   It’s about considering universal, inclusive and accessible mobility solutions and providing the greatest number of options to the greatest number of people.”

By Dan Miller


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