Toyota Motors Group and Woven Planet Holding Inc. – two companies in the Toyota Group – are starting the project. The name Woven City refers to the story of the world’s second largest automaker who started out with looms. The prototype city is being built at the foot of Mount Fuji on a former factory site of the group – Toyota calls it a “living laboratory”.
A city as an experimental field
As part of Toyota’s change to a mobility company, novel approaches are to be pursued in the real living environment. The group names autonomous driving, robotics and artificial intelligence as the first areas. Engineers and scientists from all over the world should be able to research and test there. As planned, Woven City will have three interconnected traffic routes: one for autonomous and emission-free driving, one for pedestrians and one for passers-by with personal vehicles. Toyota wants to transport goods through underground channels.
At the opening ceremony it was already evident that Toyota attaches great importance to preserving Japanese culture. It also plays a role in Woven City and is supplemented by modern processes. This is how the futuristic wooden building complexes are created. Robot-assisted production supports traditional Japanese carpentry. All roofs are covered by solar cells. CEO Akio Toyoda emphasizes that Woven City is geared towards achieving the United Nations’ 17 sustainability goals. If you wanted to, you would add an 18th goal: Happiness. His son Daisuke runs the project. It should get a digital twin so that the city also exists on a virtual level.
Smart city with hydrogen technology
Parts of the prototype city should have a hydrogen network that is coupled to the photovoltaic panels. Toyota plans to use hydroponics to grow food. First of all, 360 people are pulling into the city from the computer. Mainly seniors and families with small children as well as researchers are among the first residents. Over time, the population is to grow to 2,000 residents. The city designed Toyota so that the model could also be exported to other countries.