With two years to go until the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, Toyota has outlined the mobility concept that will become the basis for its Tokyo 2020 Games activities, organised around three main pillars: (1) Mobility for all; (2) Sustainability, centreing on the realisation of a hydrogen society, with the environment and safety as core principles; and (3) Transportation support of staff, media and athletes between Games venues using a Toyota Production System (TPS)-based system.
1) “Mobility for All”
Taking on the challenge to provide the freedom to move to everyone at the Tokyo 2020 games, Toyota says it will:
- Showcase the future of automated driving. 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;
- Introduce a new type of moving experience through a demonstration of the TOYOTA Concept-I – a car that recognises drivers’ emotions and preferences and can make conversation using artificial intelligence (AI);
- Support transportation services for athletes and affiliated guests around the Athlete’s Village with e-Palette, a battery electric vehicle specially designed for Mobility as a Service (MaaS);
- Provide its existing assistive vehicles line-up, WelCab, as well as new personal mobility devices and support for last-mile mobility needs. Toyota also hopes its new JPN Taxi, introduced in October 2017, will be popular around Tokyo, including people using wheelchairs.
- Provide personal mobility solutions such as the Toyota i-ROAD.
2) Sustainability, centered on the realisation of a hydrogen society
Toyota plans to contribute to sustainable Games by providing a fleet of over 3,000 passenger vehicles for official use and others, equipped with the latest environmental and safety technologies.
- Toyota will support the Games and their legacy with a large number of zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) such as the Mirai sedan for official use. In addition, the Fuel Cell Bus Sora, as well as Fuel Cell forklifts made and sold by Toyota Industries Corporation, will help support the Games.
- In addition to FCEV, the latest Hybrid Electric/Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV/PHEV) from the Toyota and Lexus line-ups, as well as new Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV), will mainly compose the rest of the fleet.
- Vehicles for official use will be equipped with the latest active safety technology packages such as Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) and Lexus Safety System+ (LSS+), as well as Parking Support Brake (PKSB), a technology to help prevent collisions that primarily occur in parking lots and garages.
- Some vehicles will feature Highway Teammate, an automated driving safety function that allows hands-off driving on highways (SAE Level 2* automation).
3) Games official transportation support using the Toyota Production System
- Toyota says it will support the movement of official staff and athletes to and from events with the latest information and connected technologies, such as vehicle Data Communication Modules connected to its Mobility Service Platform.
- Toyota will also support on-the-ground vehicle dispatching and transportation operations from an efficiency standpoint.