Toyota Motor Corporation, a Japan-based multinational automotive manufacturer, recently shared the good news of transforming a 175-acre former car factory into a “Prototype City of the Future.”
Speaking at the huge technology trade show CES, Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda said that the site which is located at the base of Mount Fuji, will soon become a hydrogen fuel cell-powered home to more than 2,000 people and laboratory for autonomous vehicles.
“This is my personal ‘Field of Dream’…If you build it, they will come,” Toyoda said.
The project will be dubbed as the “Woven City” – a reference to the three types of roads that will be weaved together in the said site.
As explained, the first road will be intended for faster vehicles; the second one will be for the use of the owners of different lower-speed personal mobility vehicles such as bikes and scooters; and lastly, the third pathway will be solely utilized by pedestrians as it will be designed like a park.
“These three street types weave together to form an organic grid pattern to help accelerate the testing of autonomy,” Toyota said in a statement.
Toyota furthered that the future occupants, composed of Toyota employees and researchers, will surely live with ease as they will be equipped with smart home technology like sensor-based Artificial Intelligence (AI).
The auto giant said that other companies who wish to use the project as a benchmark for technology will be accommodated.
All these visualizations, which construction will start in 2021, are said to be realized with the help of renowned Danish architect Bjarke Ingels.