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2020-01-17

Toyota to Build Smart City in Shizuoka Prefecture

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Japanese automaker Toyota has unveiled plans to build a 175-acre smart city in Japan’s Shizuoka Prefecture. The smart city will utilize A.I., have driverless cars, and house 2,000 residents.

Toyota smart city in Shizuoka Prefectureimage via Woven City/Toyota

 ’Woven City’ will be located in Susono City, Shizuoka Prefecture, which is a little over a 2-hour train ride from Central Tokyo. Construction is scheduled to begin at the end of 2020. Residents will be testing out new technology, such as robots and smart homes, which will be integrated into the living environment. Toyota stated in a press release that all cars in the city would be electric and driverless.

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, who designed Google’s headquarters in London and San Francisco, was selected to design the project. The city will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells and solar panels, which will be equipped on the rooftops of buildings.

 Toyota describes ‘Woven City’ as, “A fully connected ecosystem powered by hydrogen fuel cells to be built at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan. This living laboratory will include full-time residents and researchers who will test and develop technologies such as autonomy, robotics, personal mobility, and smart homes in a real-world environment." Find out more about Woven City at this link.

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