Toyota is Building a City of the Future to Test Its Self-Driving & Robotic Cars [Video]

Toyota, the Japanese auto giant, announced plans for “the town of the tomorrow,” which is known as the city of Woven for 2,000 people. Next year, the project will launch at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan. The city will be used for testing independent vehicles, intelligent technology and robot support.

CEO Akio Toyoda of Toyota, during his presentation on the CED project, told Toyota that it would provide a “living laboratory” for researchers, scientists and engineers to experiorise in an “real life” environment using emerging techniques.

He further added, “With people buildings and vehicles all connected and communicating with each other through data and sensors, we will be able to test AI technology, in both the virtual and the physical world, maximizing its potential,”  and that, “We want to turn artificial intelligence into intelligence amplified.”

The city will be located at a site of 175 hectares, once a Toyota facility, and “totally renewable,” with hydrogen fuel cell and rooftop Solar Panels as its power supply. The company added.

Also fully self-sufficient and zero-emission vehicles will be allowed to work on the road. A self-driving fleet of vehicles known as Toyota e-Palettes will be used for distribution and retail purposes.

When finished, the organization has over 2000 employees and their families, and the retailers, researchers, and other project partners, is expected to become the first people accordingly.

Toyota and the Bjarken Ingels Group (BIG), a Danish firm that has developed the main urban plan, will work together to achieve the project.

The buildings are mostly made from wood and the system is robotic. The designs should rely on Japan’s history and use traditional carpentry techniques and the wide-ranging architectural features of the country’s roofs.

He added that “These smart homes will take advantage of full connectivity using sensor-based AI to do things automatically, like restocking your fridge, or taking out your trash or even taking care of how healthy you are.”

The first phase of development, to be started next year by BIG, will be more than a dozen homes. For its projected completion, no date has been given.

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