Examples of vehicles used in Toyota's new mobility program for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Toyota Poised to Bring Mobility to All at 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Posted at Fri, Sep 7, 2018 10:45 AM

The next Olympic games aren’t that far off, and Toyota’s put a plan into motion to make them a truly memorable occasion. Their goal is to bring a novel concept of mobility and access into reality; a concept rooted around three fundamental pillars: Sustainability, mobility for all, and transportation support. In 2015, Toyota paired with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to work together toward the mutual goals of paving the way toward a peaceful society through sustainability and the elimination of discrimination. With the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games as a stage, Toyota will unveil an unparalleled set-up centered around the transportation of all athletes, staff, and media as proof that they are successfully drawing closer to that goal.

Here at Westbury Toyota, we couldn’t be prouder of what Toyota is trying to accomplish. Their innovations are unique and admirable, and if you’re interested in learning more, we’ve gone into greater detail of what they’ll be doing at the next Olympic games below.

Mobility for All

Ensuring that everyone, even those with disabilities, have equal access to all modes of transportation is a challenging task. However, that’s precisely what Toyota is doing at the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games, Hans Greimel of Automotive News explains. In order to meet this goal, Toyota will:

  • Utilize the e-Pallete, a battery-operated next generation vehicle that is specifically designed to provide mobility to all regardless of any impairments.
  • Use the existing WelCab and the JPN Taxi, both of which are designed to accommodate wheelchairs.
  • Demonstrate the TOYOTA Concept-i, a car that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to detect a driver’s emotions and preferences.
  • To address personal mobility problems, Toyota will deploy the i-ROAD as a riding-standing transportation method for various staff at the games, such as security officers.

Sustainability

As the editorial staff of News Wire reports, Toyota is focused on making the 2020 games sustainable by contributing a fleet of 3,000 vehicles for athletes, staff, and media members to use. These vehicles are all outfitted with the most up-to-date environmental technology in order to minimize their impact on the environment. What’s more, they’re also equipped with modern safety technology in order to reduce the chances of any accidents for the duration of the games.

With it becoming increasingly more apparent how damaged our environment is becoming, Toyota is working toward a sustainable future and will showcase their efforts by using hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV). These zero emission vehicles, such as the Mirai sedan, the fuel cell forklift, and fuel cell “Sora” bus are all crucial parts of the Toyota fleet that will form the transportation support structure of the 2020 games. The FCEV vehicles will be accompanied by Toyota’s latest in plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), battery electric vehicles (BEV), and hybrid electric vehicles (HEV). All Toyota vehicles designated for official Olympic or Paralympic use will also be outfitted with the newest safety technology such as Parking Support Brake (PKSB), which will work by preventing the type of collisions that frequently occur in garages and parking complexes.

Official Games Transportation Support with Toyota’s Production System

In a city of 15 million, the arrival of hundreds of thousands of additional visitors to attend the 2020 games is a recipe for traffic issues such as increased congestion and accidents. Though Tokyo already has a reputation has for being highly efficient when it comes to mobility in an urban setting, Toyota will still be working in tandem with the 2020 Organizing Committee in order to ensure that all transportation between Games venues will be efficient and safe. In order to do so, Toyota will be using the information and knowledge it has accumulated by making use of the Toyota Production system. Two examples of this are:

  • On-ground vehicle operations and dispatch in order to supply the utmost in efficiency.
  • Transportation support through information technologies, such as the connected Mobility Service to Data Communication Modules.

Changing Things on a Grand Scale

Toyota’s transportation and sustainability innovations have been gaining recognition for years, and come the 2020 games, they will be featured on a global stage. The company will make an incredible example by providing “mobility for all,” as well as ensuring that their considerable fleet of vehicles will lead to lower emissions than any other Olympic or Paralympic games in history. It’s a perfect setting for Toyota to show the world not only what they have accomplished, but also the sustainability and equality goals that they will continue to strive for.

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