Toyota to build a prototype ‘smart city’ of the future at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan.
The innovative 175-acre site will be a fully connected ecosystem powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Toyota will use the plot as a laboratory for autonomous cars, smart homes and artificial intelligence.
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Plans for Woven City were announced at CES in Las Vegas and it will be built on the site of a former car factory to initially house 2,000 people who will test future technologies in a real-world environment.
The development of the ambitious project will use robotic production methods along with traditional Japanese wood joinery to enable sustainable designs with a minimal carbon footprint.
Rooftops will be covered in solar panels in addition to the power generated by the hydrogen fuel cells. The city will also have only fully-autonomous, zero-emission vehicles for transportation.
People, buildings, and vehicles will all be connected to test AI technology and then apply the results around the world. Construction work on the project is set to start in 2021.