Toyota is building a 175-acre smart city in Japan where residents will test out tech like AI, robotics, and smart homes. Here's what the 'city of the future' will look like.
- Toyota is building a 175-acre smart city in Japan at the base of Mount Fuji, the company announced earlier this month.
- The "city of the future" will function as a testing ground for technologies like robotics, smart homes, and artificial intelligence.
- It will start off with a population of 2,000 Toyota employees and their families, retired couples, retailers, and scientists.
- Residents will live in smart homes with in-home robotics and artificial intelligence systems to assist with daily living and monitor health.
- Only self-driving, zero-emissions vehicles will be allowed to drive on the main roads.
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Toyota is building a 175-acre smart city at the base of Japan's Mount Fuji, about 62 miles from Tokyo, the company announced earlier this month at CES, the biggest tech trade show of the year.
The "city of the future" will function as a testing ground for technologies like robotics, smart homes, and artificial intelligence and will be home to a starting population of 2,000 Toyota employees and their families, retired couples, retailers, and scientists, who will test and develop these technologies.
Residents of the city, which Toyota has dubbed the "Woven City," will live in smart homes with in-home robotics systems to assist with daily living and sensor-based artificial intelligence to monitor health and take care of other basic needs.
It will be designed by famed Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, who's behind high-profile projects such as 2 World Trade Center in New York City and Google's California and London headquarters. Ingels has designed the Woven City to be fully sustainable, with an ecosystem powered by hydrogen fuel cells and roads dedicated to self-driving, zero-emissions vehicles.
Construction of the Woven City will start in 2021, and Toyota plans to have the first residents move in within 5 years, a spokesperson told Business Insider.
Here's what the 175-acre smart city will look like when it's finished.
Toyota's planned 175-acre smart city will sit at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan, which is about 62 miles from Tokyo.
Toyota plans to send 2,000 people to live in the Woven City to start and then gradually grow the population.
Residents will live in homes outfitted with the latest in-home robotics technology to assist with daily living as well as sensor-based artificial intelligence to monitor health and take care of basic needs.
The city will include multiple parks and a large central plaza for social gatherings.
The city's buildings will be made mostly of wood to minimize the carbon footprint.
The city will be designed with three different types of streets: streets for faster vehicles only, those for a mix of lower speed vehicles and pedestrians, and a park-like promenade for pedestrians only.
A fleet of Toyota's self-driving electric vehicles, called e-Palettes, will be used for transportation, deliveries, and "changeable mobile retail" throughout the city.
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