While Sony made a car, Toyota announced a plan to build a futuristic city at CES 2020. The city of the future is Woven City that will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells on a 175-acre site at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan.
It sounds like they're talking about a city in a sci-fi movie. Toyota wants to bring a futuristic city to humanity to enjoy how life in the future is.
The giant Japanese automaker aims to create a fully connected ecosystem that will enable researchers to construct and grow future technologies. In short, find it a dedicated futuristic, luxury incubation center with all amenities.
The homes in Woven City will use numerous AI-powered sensors to monitor the residents' health to improve their quality of life. The buildings in the town will be made with a touch of robotics using Japanese design methodology. In addition to hydrogen fuel cells, the rooftops must provide solar panels to generate electricity. The whole city also reflects three street designs coexisting in the city. There will be three types of streets, according to Toyota-a street dedicated to faster vehicles, another for a mix of lower speed vehicles and pedestrians, and a park-like promenade dedicated to pedestrians.
The city is designed with a view to sustainability and eco-friendliness. Toyota only makes in town fully autonomous, zero-emission vehicles. The company provides autonomous Toyota e-Palettes for transport, deliveries, and mobile retail services.
With all that said, human interaction is also something that Toyota does not ignore. It will create public parks, a large central park, and a central square where fellow human beings will meet and spend quality time.
Toyota invites interested researchers and scientists to work on the project. Thus in a real-world environment, the city will include full-time residents and researchers who will test and develop technologies like autonomy, robotics, personal mobility, and smart homes.
In the initial phases, the Woven City will accommodate 2000 people mainly focused on the employees of the company and their families, together with researchers and industry partners. The project is set to kick off in early 2021.