Smart Cities Dive
Toyota announced plans to build a fully connected, prototype city of the future at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan. A phased groundbreaking is expected early next year, and Denmark's Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) will be the architects.
The 175-acre site, called Woven City, will run on hydrogen fuel cells and house full-time residents including Toyota employees and their families, retirees, retailers and researchers. It will serve as a real-world testbed for technologies including autonomous vehicles (AVs), robotics, personal mobility, artificial intelligence (AI) and smart homes. About 2,000 people initially will live there and more could join as the project matures.
"This was on our mind when we were making plans to close a factory in Japan... and we were wondering what to do with this soon to be available land near Mt. Fuji," Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Corp., said at CES in Las Vegas, according to a transcript provided by the company. "We plan to build our city in the virtual world first... creating a digital twin that will allow us to test our theories before we build."