Toyota to build prototype 'city of the future'


The city’s masterplan will include three street designations. Key streets will be reserved for faster vehicles, with others open to a mix of lower-speed vehicles, personal mobility machines and pedestrians. Some streets will be park-style promenades only open to pedestrians. The three street types will be woven together ‘in an organic grid pattern’, which Toyota says will ‘help accelerate the testing of autonomous transport’.

With only autonomous zero-emission vehicles allowed on the main thoroughfares, Toyota will deploy a fleet of its e-Palette vehicles to be used for public transport, deliveries and as mobile shops.

Work on the Woven City is due to start in 2021, and construction will use fully sustainable materials. Most buildings will be made from wood using a mix of traditional Japanese techniques and robotised production methods, with roofs covered in solar panels to supplement the hydrogen fuel cells.

Residential buildings will feature AI to monitor occupants’ health, with in-home robotics to provide support. Toyota will also construct neighbourhood parks, a large central recreation area and a large central plaza.

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