At the foot of Mount Fuji, Toyota is developing their vision of a future city.
At the foot of Mount Fuji, Toyota is developing their vision of a future city.
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Woven City Toyota is developing the city of the future

Author: Florian Richert

Based on the concept of sustainability, Toyota is developing a networked model metropolis that will be people-centered and where all future-oriented technologies are deployed.

The Japanese car manufacturer Toyota wants to build a model metropolis called "Woven City" on a 175-hectare site at the foot of Mount Fuji. Future-oriented technologies such as autonomy, robotics, mobility, smart home, and artificial intelligence are to be developed on-site by researchers but also tested by classic residents.

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Woven City as an incubator of the future

"Building an entire city, even on a small scale like this, is a unique opportunity to develop future technologies, including a digital operating system for the city's infrastructure. With people, buildings and vehicles all connected and communicating via data and sensors, we will be able to test networked AI technology - both virtual and physical," said Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Corporation.

Academic and also commercial partners are invited to participate in the "Woven City." Toyota invites scientists and researchers to work on their projects in this unique Smart City incubator. Woven City" was designed by the experienced Danish architect Bjarke Ingels and his team from the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). "A project of this scale will be our most ambitious project to date," says Bjarke Ingels, CEO of BIG.

Woven City as a living laboratory

Woven City" was planned according to sustainable aspects. The buildings consist mainly of wood, and the construction process was a combination of traditional Japanese wood carpentry with robot-supported production methods. Photovoltaic systems on the rooftops support the essential supply by hydrogen fuel cells. Native vegetation and hydroponics underline the ecological approach.

There are few routes for fast, exclusively autonomous, and emission-free vehicles. Toyota's e-vehicle solutions will be used for the transport and delivery of goods and mobile retail. The focus here is on a mix of lower speed, personal mobility, and pedestrians. Park-like promenades reserved solely for pedestrians will be built as quiet mobility zones. Together, the different road types form an organic grid pattern.

In the homes, the focus is on assisting the human being, using smart home systems and robots. Systems with artificial intelligence use sensors to check the well-being and state of health of the residents. Social life will take place in small neighborhood parks and a large central park.

Construction work on "Woven City" is scheduled to begin in early 2021. Initially, around 2,000 people will live and work there, and gradually more residents will be added over time.

More informations: Woven City


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 Florian Richert

Florian Richert

Product Manager | Editor, ngn - new generation network GmbH