First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com
Motor and Softbank will launch a Mobility as a Service (MaaS
) business in Japan by April 2019.
Called Monet Technologies, the company will combine Toyota's mobility services platform and information infrastructure for connected vehicles with Softbank's Internet of Things platform.
Initially, Monet intends to deploy an on-demand transportation service as well as corporate shuttles.
By the second half of the 2020s, Monet says it will launch an autonomous MaaS fleet using Toyota’s battery-electric vehicles, called e-Palette. The vehicles will deliver meals with food prepared inside the vehicle and provide a hospital shuttle service where medical examinations can be carried out onboard. These vehicles can also serve as mobile offices, the company says.