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Venture Between Softbank And Toyota Launches Two Adapted Vehicles Amid Covid-19 Environment


08/29/2020


Venture Between Softbank And Toyota Launches Two Adapted Vehicles Amid Covid-19 Environment
Two new uniquely designed vans have been launched in the Japan to specifically cater to the current environment of Cvodi-19.
 
One of the vans, designed and launched by a Japanese mobility venture will serve both as a mobile workplace as well as a mobile shop and a means of travelling. The second adapted van is designed to pump fresh air through the vehicle in order to reduce the chances of spread of Covvid-19 among passenger inside the van.
 
This the first occasion that the joint venture called Monet, a partnership between Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Corp and Japanese auto giant Toyota Motor Corp, has churned out a commercial offer for the market.
 
In one of the adapted version of the Toyota Hiace, outside air is sucked inside the vehicles and is circulated inside throughout the interior. The van is also fitted with screens and curtains in order to reduce the chances of spreading of the novel coronavirus inside the van. The van can comfortably sit eight passengers in the back.
 
The other adapted version of the Toyota Hiace has been designed to allow users to fix fittings to the floor and rearrange the van’s interior and transform it into the a mobile shop or a mobile work space.
 
First announced in October of 2018, the Monet joint venture was started with the goal of becoming a platform for driverless services.
 
Currently neither of the two adapted designs is incorporated with self driving technology. In the case of the multi-purpose design in vehicles, fittings such as tables are required to be stored before moving off according to the road rules applicable in Japan.
 
According to Monet hopes that it will be able to sell about 100 such adapted vehicles in Japan this financial year to customers from government and companies.
 
This is the first occasion that the third largest wireless carrier of Japan and the largest auto marker of the country have come together to form a joint venture. The venture has secured the backing and support of other domestic automakers with the entire industry trying to develop autonomous vehicles and services as fast as possible.
 
(Source:www.reuters.com)