Japanese Car Company Builds Interconnected City

Mon 23rd Mar 2020

A ‘Woven City’ powered by hydrogen fuel cells and designed to be a living laboratory for a fully connected ecosystem is being built by Toyota at the foot of Mount Fuji.

The Japanese car giant has commissioned a team of Danish architects to design the city of the future, a place where full-time residents and researchers will work together to develop and test innovations such as autonomy, robotics, personal mobility, smart homes and artificial intelligence.

One element of the ‘Woven City’ will see the road network given a unique masterplan which will see one area for fast vehicles, one for a mix of lower speed vehicles, personal mobility and pedestrians and one for pedestrians only, which will take the shape of a park cum promenade.

Though the city will be powered by high-tech hydrogen fuel cells, the city is being developed along fully sustainable lines, with buildings made from wood, combining traditional japanese craftwork and robotic production methods.

The hydrogen fuel cells will be supported by solar power on all roofs, while each home will have bespoke A.I. to check the health of the residents and enhance daily life.

It goes without saying that the only vehicles in the futuristic city will be zero-emission, with Toyota’s e-Palette vehicles also being used to make deliveries and provide changable mobile retail units.

“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 infrastructure,” said A. Toyoda, Toyota Motor Corporation President. “With people, buildings and vehicles all connected and communicating with each other through data and sensors, we will be able to test connected A.I. technology, in both the virtual and physical realms, maximising its potential.”