Toyota, the multinational automotive manufacturer, announced that they are building a prototype “town of the future” in the site of a former car plant in Japan at the CES (the annual trade show run by the Consumer Technology Association).
The’ Woven City’ is to work, according to Toyota, to provide a’ real-world setting’ for continuing local research in a live laboratory, which comprises 2000 full-time residents and researchers. If Toyota will test connected AI systems and adapt the technology for the real world, people, buildings and vehicles will be linked together and communicated through data and sensors.
The 175acre site on Mount Fuji will serve for the development of auto-cars, robots, personal mobility, cleverness homes, and artificial intelligence in future-oriented activities of all kinds. The platform is expected for the first time in 2021. Toyota has extended an open invitation to join forces with other trade and academic partners to expand the pool of ideas for the city of tomorrow.
Bjarke Ingels, Danish architect, was hired to design the Woven Town, the designer and creative director of the Bjarke Ingels Eponymous Group (BIG), in line with his team’s work on influential ventures such as 2 World Trade Cents in New York and Lego House in Denmark, Google’s Mountain View and London headquarters.
Buildings made mostly of wood using traditional Japanese carpentry and robotic production methods have photovoltaic panel-covered roofs to produce solar energy and make the city entirely viable. A car manufacturer in a former car factory is developing the prototype area, and therefore it is understandable that priority is given to its vehicles as part of transport throughout the region.
The need to become completely sustainable is a dream held by various industries, such as the superyacht market, and while the super surface industry is still a long way off, major steps in the fields of sustainability and automation are already being made. Nevertheless, it is expected that the urbanization of the innovations already listed including automation, robotics and AI would increase the pace at which they will be applied in other industries as they start to intertwine with the daily lives of the Woven city residents.