The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which was held earlier this month in Las Vegas, is a major showcase for new technologies. Toyota had a significant presence at this year’s show, where they unveiled a prototype “Woven City of the Future,” which will be built on a 175-acre site at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan.
Toyota Woven City of the Future
The Woven City will serve as a home to full-time residents and researchers who will be able to test and develop technologies such as autonomy, robotics, personal mobility, smart homes, and artificial intelligence in a real-world environment. It will feature a fully connected ecosystem powered by hydrogen fuel cells, which are also utilized in the Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle.
“We welcome all those inspired to improve the way we live in the future, to take advantage of this unique research ecosystem, and join us in our quest to create an ever-better way of life and mobility for all.” – Akio Toyoda, president, Toyota Motor Corporation
When will the Toyota Woven City be built?
Toyota plans to start construction of the Woven City in 2021. The city will be fully sustainable, with buildings made mostly of wood to minimize the carbon footprint, using traditional Japanese wood joinery, combined with robotic production methods. To move residents through the city, only fully-autonomous, zero-emission vehicles will be allowed on the main thoroughfares. The homes will use sensor-based AI to check occupants’ health, take care of basic needs, and enhance daily life, creating an opportunity to deploy connected technology.