A test city that with technology will contribute to an improved society. Toyota has now begun construction of its prototype city, which will be powered by hydrogen.
At the foot of Mount Fuji, a first important step was taken on Tuesday for the construction of the hydrogen city Woven City, the project that was officially introduced at the technology fair CES last year.
– A unique opportunity to develop the technology of the future, said Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda, when it was all presented.
Just over a year has passed and now vision and planning have taken action. The city, which will house around 2,000 people when it is fully developed, is located on the outskirts of Toyota’s former Higashi-Fuji factory, and the Danish architect Bjarke Ingels is the one who designed it all.
The fact that Toyota entered the urban construction industry was a bit surprising, but the manufacturer says that the goal of the entire project is to prepare for a new era where all different forms of ecosystems that everyday life consists of will be connected with data.
Part of it all is that the Japanese manufacturer within the project will test different forms of mobility solutions. Toyota is investing billions in research into the technology of self-driving cars.
In the woven city, society will be interconnected with three different types of streets. Some are completely intended for autonomous vehicles, others for pedestrians with personal mobile vehicles and some will be clean pedestrian streets. In addition, there will be underground tunnels for freight transport.
Even though the city is planned for 2,000 people, the number of citizens will initially be 360 people, then mainly the elderly and families with small children.
The city will largely be built of wood and have solar cells on the roofs. In addition, the energy requirement must be taken care of by hydrogen-powered fuel cells.
Residents will have access to the latest technology, such as assistance robots, and homes will also be equipped with sensors connected to ai-based systems. The systems must be able to help the residents maintain good health and facilitate everyday life, according to Toyota.
Toyota has always said that they welcome new partners and companies that want to contribute to the development. One idea is to allow researchers from all over the world to move into the city and work on their own projects.
Source: Nyteknik – Senaste nytt by www.nyteknik.se.
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