Toyota Plans for a New City
Toyota has announced a plan to build an all-new city at the foot of Japan’s Mt Fuji which will highlight the brand’s future thinking.
The city dubbed ‘Woven City’ will be a 175-acre locality which will allow those that live and work there to workshop new ideas on the go; it will be, as Toyota brands it, a sort of ‘living laboratory’.
Designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, the city will be a hub of innovative technologies and will be powered entirely by hydrogen fuel cells for its electricity.
Woven City will weave new ways of moving into a brand-new city landscape. Mr Ingels said the project will offer “connected, autonomous, emission-free and shared mobility solutions”. In fact, there wont be a camry or corolla in sight.
“With the breadth of technologies and industries that we have been able to access and collaborate with from the Toyota ecosystem of companies, we believe we have a unique opportunity to explore new forms of urbanity with the Woven City that could pave new paths for other cities to explore,” he said.
In terms of mobility, the city will be filled with autonomous vehicles and new forms of personal mobility and it will even contain a grid of roads and paths to suit the different vehicles. For example, a fast lane will be reserved for autonomous vehicles such as the Toyota e-Palette, a slow lane for scooters/personal mobility devices and another lane for pedestrians.
Toyota aims to break ground in 2021 with a planned starting population of 2000 which will comprise of employees, their families and retirees.
“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. With people, buildings and vehicles all connected and communicating with each other through data and sensors, we will be able to test connected AI technology – in both the virtual and the physical realms – maximising its potential,” said Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Corporation.
9 Jan 2020