Toyota researches and tests robotics, material science, automated driving and alternative gasoline engineering in laboratories in the whole world. Now the automaker is trying a new and far more ambitious project: build a prototype city on a 175 -acre site at the hoof of Mount Fugi in Japan, where people will live and work amongst all of Toyota’s projections, including its autonomous e-Palette shuttles and robots.
This won’t be another test site, Toyota Motor Corp President Akio Toyoda said Monday during a press conference ahead of CES 2020. Construction on the first phase of the city — which will be designed by acclaimed Danish architect Bjarke Ingels — will start in 2021. His firm, Ingels Group( BIG) has designed high-profile activities such as 2 World Trade Center in New York, the Lego House in Denmark and Google’s Mountain View and London headquarters.
This is a passion project of Toyoda’s, various execs said after the news conference. And it was evident on stage.
” It’s my personal areas of life dreams ,” Toyoda said.” If they improve it, they will come .”
” Imagine a amply limited site that will allow investigates, technologists and scientists the possibility of being freely experiment technology such as autonomy, mobility-as-a-service, robotics, smart-alecky home-connected technology, AI and more, in a real-world environment ,” Toyoda said.
This so-called Woven City will be a amply connected ecosystem powered by hydrogen gasoline cells, according to Toyota.
The homes is likely to be equipped with human reinforce engineerings, such as in-home robotics to assist with daily living. Sensor-based AI will be scattered throughout to be able to check on tenants’ state and take care of basic needs.
Forget driving around a Toyota Camry or even Prius on the prime streets there. Only fully-autonomous, zero-emission vehicles will be allowed on the central expressways, according to the company. Autonomous Toyota e-Palettes will be used for transportation and transmissions as well as for changeable mobile retail.
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