Toyota begins building smart city near Mt. Fuji

24-Feb-2021 Intellasia | KyodoNews | 6:56 AM Print This Post

Toyota Motor Corp. on Tuesday began construction of a smart city at the foot of Mt. Fuji in central Japan as a testing ground for new technologies including robotics and artificial intelligence.

About 360 people including Toyota employees will initially move to the so-called Woven City to be built at the 70.8-hectare former Toyota factory site in Susono, Shizuoka Prefecture, powered by electricity from fuel cells, which derive power from a hydrogen-oxygen reaction, in addition to solar panels.

Toyota describes the cityrun with partner companies such as telecommunications giant Nippon Telegraph and Telephone a “living laboratory” where it will test autonomous vehicles, robots and artificial intelligence in a real-world environment.

The Japanese automaker has commissioned Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, who designed the 2 World Trade centre in New York City and Google’s headquarters in California, to plan the layout of the city.

Toyota said the streets in Woven City will be designated for three type of usagefaster vehicles only, personal mobility and pedestrians and a pedestrians only promenade.

The buildings will mostly be made of wood to minimise the carbon footprint, and the homes will use sensor-based AI to check the occupants’ health, it said.


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