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It was just in Atlanta with us a little over a week ago. There is an insane amount of engineering and wires in that car/trunk.
When it was here in Atlanta it had the sensors on the roof. Not sure why they're not on this one in the picture. Unless it could be a different mule.Looks good! I am assuming that Lexus took the lidar transponder and any other sensors off the roof and integrated them into those fairings on the front and rear bumper cover, the front fender and wing mirrors, and behind the windshield?
My assumption was that Toyota (and its suppliers) was able to miniaturize and reduce the cost of sensors and especially LiDAR transponders (transmitters and receivers) so that Toyota was able to remove the large transponder(s) from on top of the roof and distribute small transponders around the car to take the place of the large, expensive, central ones.When it was here in Atlanta it had the sensors on the roof. Not sure why they're not on this one in the picture. Unless it could be a different mule.
As part of its big robot push for upcoming the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Toyota says it will have 20 of its e-Palette electric vehicles on-site to transport athletes.
Each of the vehicles will travel through the athletes' village at a leisurely 12 miles per hour along a designated loop. As an SAE Level 4-capable autonomous vehicle, the e-Palette will be able to navigate the area all on its own. However, a safety attendant will be onboard each vehicle to ensure nothing goes wrong. Those capabilities put the e-Palette in about the same ballpark as Waymo's current fleet of autonomous vehicles.