When we talk about Toyota, you should probably link the brand to the cars it makes since 1974. What if I say the company started 2020 with a smart city ad?
That's right, during the world's leading technology and innovation event, the CES (Consumer Electronics Show), Toyota Motor Corporation president Akio Toyoda announced the Woven city (intertwined city), which is expected to start operating in early 2021. I have already mentioned here on the blog about other smart cities that are under development, but none of them had such a short time to receive the first inhabitants (about a year) and The proposal not only to be a place where people will live, but also to be used as a large-scale laboratory.
When I talk about the lab, I don't mean those thousands of test tubes with smoke and liquid of different colors, although they will probably exist there, but technological items that are under development (or will be developed) that will directly impact the residents. . The Japanese company will invite researchers and scientists from around the world to develop their projects in this real-world incubator.
Just to give you an idea, homes will be "factory-left" with artificial intelligence sensors that will facilitate day-to-day activities such as shopping or littering when full. In the video of project announcement which you can check out below, you can even see a robot cooking for the family! Smarter cities, this is the flag I've always raised!
Of course Toyota would not stop thinking of something for locomotion either. Nowadays, when we think of a road, we have basically the street and the sidewalk. Woven City's model will be different: an area for high-speed vehicles such as cars and buses, a pedestrian lane and low-speed individual vehicles, and a pedestrian-only third that will be surrounded by plants and trees. That way you will choose the pace to follow. In addition, the main streets will only have autonomous vehicles that do not emit carbon, an idea led by Toyota e-Palletes.
Designed to be fully sustainable, in a combination of typical Japanese constructions and robotic production methods, the buildings will be made primarily of traditional timber from the country, which will help reduce the ecological footprint.
Sounds like a good idea, doesn't it? I'm already looking forward to visiting the project next year and I'm sure Woven City with Mount Fuji in the background will be more than just an incredible landscape to have in a picture frame.
What do you think? Will Japanese culture collaborate to get this project delivered in a year? Leave your comments below.
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