What will Toyota's "City of the Future" Look Like? (VIDEO)
Toyota has announced plans to build a prototype of the city of the future near Japan's Fuji Mountain, DPA reported.
The city will be powered by hydrogen cells and will act as a laboratory for autonomous vehicles, smart homes, artificial intelligence and other technologies.
Toyota unveiled a plan for the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The development, to be built at the site of a closed factory, will be called Woven City - a reference to Toyota's start as a loom manufacturing company - and will serve as a home to full-time residents and researchers, Bendigo Advertiser reported.
The concern did not specify the price of the project.
The car industry executives of many leading car companies describe how cities of the future can be designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars and buildings, reduce congestion, and apply Internet technologies to everyday life.
However, the plan for a futuristic 71-hectare city near Fuji is a major step forward for competitors. The company initially expects 2,000 people to live in the city and construction should begin next year. CEO Akio Toyoda called the project "my personal field of dreams".
Toyota added that it has commissioned the design of the settlement to Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, whose company is behind Google's office buildings in Silicon Valley and London and the skyscraper 2 World Trade Center in New York. The concern noted that it is also open to partnerships with other companies that want to use the project as a technology testing ground.
But what will the city of the future look like?
To reduce the city’s carbon footprint, buildings will be made mainly out of wood and assembled using robotic production methods and traditional Japanese wood joinery. Rooftops will be covered in solar panels with additional power provided by hydrogen fuel cells, and hydroponics and plants will be woven all throughout the city, The News Wheel Reported
The prototype city is being developed by a car manufacturer in a former car factory, so understandably there is a prioritisation of their vehicles as an integral part of transport around the city, but the website also states, “Only fully autonomous, zero-emission vehicles will be allowed on the main thoroughfares to move residents around.”, Superyacht News reported.
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