A "real-life environment" to test emerging technologies will be built by Toyota, as the company revealed at this year CES edition.
The project, dubbed Woven City, is in fact a new „city of the future” which will be located in the foothills of Japan's Mount Fuji, about 60 miles from Tokyo. Powered by hydrogen fuel cells and rooftop solar panels it will be home for 2000 people and will be a place to test autonomous vehicles, smart technology and robot-assisted living, with people buildings and vehicles all connected and communicating with each other through data and sensors. The new development will be set across a 175-acre site that was previously home to a Toyota factory. A fleet of self-driving vehicles known as Toyota e-Palettes will be used for delivery and retail purposes inside the new city. Construction will begin in 2021. The first residents will be the firm's employees and their families.
A vision of the city (Toyota credit)
The city's master plan, which will be with buildings from wood, was created by Danish architecture company Bjarke Ingels Group, a Copenhagen and New York based group of of architects, designers, and builders operating in 25 ccountries. They also have work in progress for Fingerprint Façade, Window Garden and a gigantic Tesla coil for the Battersea Power Station in London.