The Town Of Toyota Integrates Autonomous Know-How Into Daily Life
It’s natural to expect the announcement of new technologies on a personal or even industrial scale at CES, but this may be the first time that a company uses the annual technology industry event to reveal a civic-scale project. The town of Toyota is presented as a fully connected ecosystem powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Fuji in Japan.
History is littered with utopian projects created to bring about a better life for some or all, but Toyota’s intent is to make the Woven City project less like a real growing city, and more as an independent “living laboratory.” to be used by full-time residents and researchers who specialize in a variety of research areas, including autonomy, robotics, personal mobility, smart homes, and artificial intelligence in a real-world environment.
Building a full city from scratch, even on a small scale, is a unique opportunity to develop future technologies, including a digital operating system for urban infrastructure. When people, buildings and vehicles are connected and communicate with each other via data and sensors, we can test the connected AI technology – both in the virtual and physical realm – and maximize its potential.
– Akio Toyoda, President of Toyota Motor Corporation
Toyota commissioned the Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, the founder and creative director of the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), to combine the vision of the automotive and technology giant of networked, autonomous, emission-free and joint mobility solutions that in the near future with an architecture, which enables their everyday use and access. The city maps contain an organic grid pattern that maximizes mobility for all levels of speed and autonomy: only for faster vehicles, for a mixture of lower speeds, personal mobility, and pedestrians, and for a park-like promenade for pedestrians with native vegetation and hydroponics.
The city is also an attempt to build urban life with sustainability from the beginning instead of adding it afterward. Wood is the primary building material chosen to minimize the carbon footprint, while traditional Japanese woodworking and robotic manufacturing methods further reduce environmental impact.
In California, every newly built house now has to be equipped with enough solar panels. Woven City follows this example and covers every roof with photovoltaic panels to generate solar energy that complements the energy generated by hydrogen fuel cells. Only time will tell whether the utopian woven city will grow beyond its originally 2,000 inhabitants, whereby the foundation stone for the location is to be laid in early 2021.