The Japanese automobile giant will build a village and then a connected city in the heart of the Japanese archipelago to think about the future and develop the technologies that will create it. Toyota has just launched its program for the development of a connected city, a laboratory dedicated to the technologies of the future, such as robotics, automated driving and artificial intelligence.
Bearing the name of “Woven City”, this project, due to be built at the foot of Mount Fuji, will allow researchers to test their products with an initial total of 360 inhabitants rising to a total of 2000 inhabitants upon completion of the project. The employees and inventors of the Japanese automobile giant will thus be the guinea pigs of its own program.
Building this connected city is part of Toyota’s strategy to develop new technologies as changing consumer tastes and regulations continue to push the global auto industry into becoming more environmentally friendly, efficient and with greater automation.
The world is currently experiencing a proliferation of connected city projects, especially in China (with Gafa, the Chinese government and local giants such as Alibaba, Tencent or Huawei all developing their own projects) and in North America, with the deployment of new 5G mobile technology hugely contributing to their development.