At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Toyota revealed their initiative to improve and accelerate the urban development landscape. While this project might sound daunting, Toyota’s showcase has revealed that it is both possible and within reach. Named “Woven City”, this project isn’t actually just a concept – it is about to become a reality as an urban prototype smart city that is to be constructed in Japan starting in 2021. A huge part of the Woven City project are advancements and innovations in the area of mobility technologies, some of which we here at Westbury Toyota have gone over in the past. We’re more than happy to recap them now to show you how they will be an integral part of Woven City.
Woven City will be built at the base of Japan’s Mount Fuji, encompassing an area of 175 acres. It will be a joint project between Toyota and the Danish architectural firm, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group. As Nargess Banks of Forbes explains, Woven City is meant to be a living, functioning laboratory that will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells and possess a fully functioning, connected ecosystem. The city will be a testing ground for innovative solutions for existing urban issues such as housing shortages, congestion, and pollution. Woven City is meant to be fully sustainable with most structures made of wood which, in conjunction with fully robotic production methods, will drastically reduce the city’s carbon footprint. All rooftops will be covered in photo-voltaic panels to generate solar power, and the intent is to seamlessly blend nature with an urban setting through use of hydroponics and careful curation of native vegetation.
To aid in this research, venture capital firm Toyota AI put forth a global call to action at CES 2020 to both discover and fund start-ups that are in the early stages of development and that focus on robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), mobility, autonomy, and data. In particular, Toyota AI has a keen eye out for any project that could provide solutions to some of the aforementioned issues surrounding urban living:
The Woven City display shown at CES 2020 included some impressive mobility products and solutions, including the following:
As you can clearly see, Woven City is meant to set a precedent in regard to the direction society could and should be taking when it comes to the problems related to urban dwelling and development. It is not only about living and developing with a green state of mind – it is also about ensuring that everyone, regardless of mobility capabilities, is easily able to move throughout the city and carry out day-to-day tasks without having to struggle. Toyota has long been a proponent of solving mobility and environmental issues, and with the reveal of Woven City at CES 2020, it is clear that these advancements are a strong focus of the company moving forward.