This Japanese Car Company Is Building Its "City Of The Future" Near Mount Fuji
Toyota announced that it will be building a “city of the future” at a newly redeveloped site at the foot of Mount Fuji earlier this week in Las Vegas. “Woven City” will be a home for about 2,000 people, mainly the company’s employees.
The futuristic community will include an underground delivery network with self-driving robots and “in-home robotics to assist with daily living,” according to Toyota, including sensor-based AI for health checks.
The city is also set to cut carbon dioxide emissions from its vehicles and infrastructure, according to The Guardian, and will be particularly pedestrian-friendly, with autonomous vehicles as the only cars allowed while energy will be sourced from solar panels and hydrogen fuel cells. It’s set to be built sustainable materials as well, including wood and glass put together by robots. The rooftops will each have photovoltaic solar panels to generate energy as well as Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cells, which will also help to power the city.
The 175-acre city was designed by Bjarke Ingels, a Danish architect behind the 2 World Trade Centre building in New York, the Google offices in both California and London, and the Lego House in Denmark.
“Connected, autonomous, emission-free and shared mobility solutions are bound to unleash a world of opportunities for new forms of urban life.” Ingels told The Guardian.
“You know that if you build it, they will come,” Toyota’s chief executive, Akio Toyoda said in a statement. “I believe it is up to all of us, especially corporations like Toyota, to do our part to help make the world a better place. Woven City is one small but hopefully significant step towards fulfilling that promise.”