Toyota to build a prototype city of the future in Japan

8 January 2020 (Last Updated January 8th, 2020 12:45)

Toyota has revealed plans to build a sustainable prototype city of the future on a 175 acre site at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan.

Toyota has revealed plans to build a sustainable prototype city of the future on a 175 acre site at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan.

To be known as Woven City, the future city will facilitate a fully connected ecosystem running on hydrogen fuel cells.

Woven City has been visualised as a living laboratory with self-driven vehicles, robotics, smart homes and other features in the real-world environment and integrated with artificial intelligence (AI) systems.

Toyota Motor Corporation president 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.

“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.”

The city planning and design has been commissioned to Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), a Danish architecture firm.

The prototype city was announced at 2020 International CES in Las Vegas, with construction expected to commence in 2021.

Toyota plans to start colonising the city with 2,000 residents, who would be the company’s employees and their families, retired couples, retailers, visiting scientists and industry partners.

The city will also hand out an open invite to commercial and academic partners, scientists and researchers for collaborations, hoping to encourage them to work on their projects in the city.

The masterplan of the city segregates its streets into three categories to form an organic grid pattern that will help the autonomous transport system.