Toyota Is Building A Futuristic City That Could Bring Us Closer To Living Like The Jetson’s
By Stephanie Ogbogu
By 2020, we were supposed to have moving sidewalks and flying cars. We haven’t quite made those things a standard but that could be changing with the implementation of Toyota’s “Woven City.”
The car manufacturer announced their plans to build a prototype city on a 175-acre site of a former car factory at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan. The city’s ecosystem will be fully powered by hydrogen fuel cells and will be fully sustainable. In an effort to minimize the carbon footprint, buildings will be made out of wood with rooftops covered in photo-voltaic panels to generate solar power. Vegetation native to Japan and hydroponics will connect the new city with nature.
Full-time residents of “Woven City” will consist of Toyota employees and their families, retired couples, retailers, industry partners, and researchers. To start, 2000 people will be given the opportunity to inhabit the prototype city in order to test and develop new technology. From there, Toyota hopes to expand.
Artificial intelligence and in-home robotics will assist with daily living while fully-autonomous, zero-emission vehicles will move people through the city’s innovative street design. There will be neighborhood parks and a large central park for recreational activities, as well as a central plaza that will be perfect for social gatherings.
“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 … maximizing its potential,” said Akio Toyoda, president, Toyota Motor Corporation.
“This is my personal ‘Field of Dream,’” he added. “‘If you build it, they will come.’”
The Woven City is set to break ground in early 2021.