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Transport technology trends on show

Autonomous, electric, and final mile transport solutions have made headlines at this year's edition of the world's largest technology fair, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in Las Vegas, US, this week.

CES is historically home to technology advancements and prototypes from the likes of Google, Samsung and Silicon Valley start ups, however this year commercial road transport solutions aim to steal the show.

Truck manufacturer, PACCAR, will join the exhibitors for the first time to reveal its hydrogen-powered Kenworth T680 and an autonomous Peterbilt 579 prime mover.

According to local US news sources, the T680 was part of the development project with $2.1 million in funding from the US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).

Also at CES, a new autonomous last mile delivery solution proposed by Toyota called 'e-Palette' will see Pizza Hut, Amazon, Chinese ride-hailing giant, Didi, Mazda and Uber join together as members of a new "mobility service business alliance".

"In our ongoing and relentless pursuit to own and define the modern pizza experience for our customers, we are focused on technology-based solutions that enable our team members and drivers to deliver even better customer experiences," said Artie Starrs, President, Pizza Hut, US.

According to Toyota, the e-Pallette is a fully-automated, next generation battery electric vehicle (BEV) designed to be scalable and customizable for a range of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) businesses.

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