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At CES today in Las Vegas, Toyota unveiled plans for what the company is calling “e-Palettes,” “fully-automated, next generation battery electric vehicle[s] designed to be scalable and customizable for a range of Mobility as a Service businesses.” As The Verge points out, these autonomous rides would serve to transport people, deliver packages, and even act as mobile retail spaces. In addition, Toyota could take the e-Palettes so far as to becoming mobile offices, hotel rooms and medical clinics.

And while the company has yet to fully announce its plans to build the vehicles, they have already landed major partners in Amazon, Didi Chuxing, Mazda, Pizza Hut, and Uber. If all goes accordingly, however, Toyota would debut its e-Palettes project at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

For more on Toyota’s otherworldly e-Palettes proposal, follow to The Verge.

In other design news, BMW has invented mid-drift fueling to break the world’s longest drift record.

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