Toyota to build city of the future
Construction will begin next year on ‘’Woven City”, Toyota’s new urban environment in the foothills of Mount Fuji. It will be spread across 175 acres and accommodate 2,000 people including scientists and engineers.
The smart city will act as a “living laboratory” for testing and developing emerging technologies like autonomous vehicles, personal mobility, smart homes, robotics, and artificial intelligence.
Woven City will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells and designed by Bjarke Ingels, who has previously worked on high-profile projects like Google’s Mountain View, New York’s World Trade Centers and Dubai’s Mars simulation city.
Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda said: “Building a complete city from the ground up, even on a small scale like this, is a unique opportunity to develop future technologies, including a digital operating system for the city’s infrastructure.”
Using sensor-based AI, the robots will be able to automatically take out the trash, restock fridges and monitor the health of occupants.