Toyota stated Monday it planned to construct a prototype “metropolis of the future” at the base of Japan’s Mt. Fuji, powered by hydrogen fuel cells and functioning as a laboratory for autonomous vehicles, “smart homes,” artificial intelligence (AI) and different technologies.
Toyota uncurtained the audacious plan for what it will call “Woven City,” in reference to its origins as a loom producer, at the big annual technology industry event, CES.
The “Woven City” concept, under discussion for a year, is geared toward creating safer, cleaner, more fun cities and learning lessons that might be utilized all over the world, he added.
It will have police, fire and ambulance services, colleges, and could be home to a mix of Toyota employees, retirees, and others, Kuffner stated.
The event, to be built on the positioning of a car manufacturing facility that’s planned to be closed by 2020-end, will start with 2,000 residents in the coming years, and also serve as a home to researchers.
Toyota didn’t disclose costs for the venture, whose development is scheduled to start out in 2021, and which seeks to re-imagine a metropolis; however, executives stated it had been extensively vetted and had a budget.
The venture for a futuristic community on 175 acres (71 hectares) is an enormous step past proposals from Toyota’s competitors.
Executives at many major auto companies have talked about how cities of the future may very well be developed to chop climate-changing emissions, cut back congestion, and apply internet technology to everyday life.
The corporate’s program showcases not only the spirit of Chief Executive Akio Toyoda but also the monetary and political resources Toyota can carry to bear, mainly in its home nation.