|Toyota will build a "living laboratory" where important new technologies can be tested in a real-world environment / Credits: jamesteohart via Shutterstock|
This year’s CES was full of surprises and fascinating innovations, including cat and dog pet robots and new sensors that will improve people’s health. But among all announcements, Toyota’s city of the future that has no human drivers is among those who stood out.
Toyota Motor Corporation recently announced that they will be building a smart city from the ground up on a 175-acre site next to Mt. Fuji, creating a "living laboratory" for new technologies. The city will be named "Woven City” where important new technologies can be tested in a real-world environment. Aside from autonomous cars, IoT devices, and intelligent robots that will be present in the city, the Woven City will also include 2,000 residents consisting of academics, scientists and inventors.
“Homes in the Woven City will serve as test sites for new technology, such as in-home robotics to assist with daily life. These smart homes will take advantage of full connectivity using sensor-based AI to do things automatically, like restocking your fridge, or taking out your trash – or even taking care of how healthy you are,” Dutch architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) said in a statement.
According to The Robot Report, an online site that provides robotics news, research, analysis and investment tracking for engineers, technology, and business professionals, Woven City, which will begin construction by 2021, will explore ways to stimulate human interaction in the urban space. As of now, the company has invited start-ups, industry, and academic institutions from across the world to participate in the project.
Toyota president Aiko Toyoda stated that the living laboratory is a unique opportunity to develop future technologies, including a digital operating system for the city's infrastructure. "With people, buildings and vehicles all connected and communicating with each other through data and sensors, we will be able to test connected AI technology... in both the virtual and the physical realms... maximizing its potential,” he said.