Self-driving pods back in service following Paralympic accident

Toyota has said it is to resume the use of its ground-breaking mobility vehicle in the Paralympic park following the collision between one of the self-driving pods and an athlete last week.

On August 26 the e-Palette, a mobility vehicle used to support mobility within the Athletes’ Village at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, collided with a visually impaired pedestrian about to cross a pedestrian crossing.

Toyota was quick to express its “sincerest apologies to the individual that was injured due to this unfortunate collision and we wish them a speedy recovery”.

“We would also like to apologize for any inconvenience caused to those who use our mobility vehicles in the Athletes’ Village,” it added.

All operations of the e-Palette were immediately suspended. However, yesterday it was announced that the use of the vehicles would be resumed but would be carried out with “greater operator control and more safety staff.”

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