Industry trends show that dramatic changes in driving are just around the corner, as major corporations prepare to have autonomous cars deliver everything from pizza to packages. Toyota is preparing for this coming driverless car era by developing autonomous technology of its own — and also by planning its own mobility services.
Currently, Japan’s largest automaker is teaming up with companies like Amazon, Uber, and even Pizza Hut to develop self-driving technology and services. Toyota’s autonomous vehicle concept, developed in partnership with these companies, was unveiled in January.
Rather than just building vehicles for other companies to use, Toyota is also looking for ways to apply its tried-and-true “kaizen” philosophy to the new world of ride sharing, self-driving deliveries, and other services.
“(Toyota sees) a synergy between autonomous driving and mobility as a service,” financial analyst Christopher Richter told the Financial Times.
The automaker is confident that its approach to manufacturing — which prioritizes strict attention to efficiency, development, and improvement at every step of the way — will translate into success at providing services to consumers as well. It’s also an approach that could help Toyota and its partners maintain and improve the effectiveness and safety of autonomous driving technology and services as they become more widespread.