In his show at CES 2020, Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Corporation, announced plans to build a futuristic prototype city. This city, already known as Woven City, will be built near Mount Fuji on the territory of the old Toyota production complex in Higashi Fuji, with an area of about 70 hectares, and this area will be filled with futuristic buildings and infrastructure elements designed to study the issue of how humans and robots can coexist in harmony.
At this stage, the Woven City project is still at an early stage, and the start of the first construction work is planned for 2021. After completion of construction, this place will become a fully controlled city in which people live, work and relax in one “large laboratory”, and engineers and scientists are able to freely develop and test in the real world the latest technologies related to artificial intelligence, autonomous movement, service, robotics and smart home technology.
The interconnected infrastructure of the city of Woven City should become the most environmentally friendly and stable urban infrastructure to date. It will widely use Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell technology, which will invite all interested scientists from around the world to collaborate in this area. The population of Woven City will consist of permanent residents, who will be technicians and maintenance staff, and guests, scientists and engineers who will temporarily reside in the city to test their own technologies.
The Woven City project is being developed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, who is trying to reproduce typical streets in this city that can be found in any modern city. Each street of Woven City will be divided into three parts, one for automatic vehicles, the second for personal transportation systems (bicycles, electric scooters, etc.), and the third for pedestrians. Such streets will form a grid, dividing the city into blocks, each of which will be either a park or a block with its own courtyard.
All buildings in Woven City will be built of wood, and elements of traditional Japanese carpentry combined with “new production automated methods” will be used in their architecture. Each building in the city will fulfill the role of both a place of residence for people and their place of work. Almost the entire “industrial infrastructure”, including automated goods delivery lines, will be hidden underground, and artificial intelligence and robots will shoulder absolutely every day routine work, freeing up more time for people to do creative work or relax.
It is already known that the construction of the city of Woven City will be carried out in several stages. Unfortunately, Toyota has not yet announced any data on the timing of completion of construction, which will begin in 2021. And in the videos below, you are given the opportunity to look into the city of the future yourself and watch Akio Toyoda’s presentation, from which you can still find a lot of interesting and useful information.