Toyota’s Smart City for Self Driving Cars is Now on its Way to Become a Reality!

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Toyota motors are famously known for its services in vehicles and automobiles. But for the first time in the history it came up with the idea of new smart city.

On Tuesday 27th April 2021, Toyota Motor Corporation laid the foundation of a new Smart City. At the base of snowcapped Mount Fuji in Japan, Toyota Motor Corporation started construction on a 175-acre smart city about 62 miles from Tokyo, the company announced construction to be started this week.

The city is to be called “Woven City” because of the smart innovations which are going to be a part of this modern world. This city is supposed to serve as a testing ground for robots, smart homes, and artificial intelligence technology. Initially it will be home for around 360 people including inventors, senior citizens, and families of small children will test its functionalities. Later on, it will accommodate some 2,000 inhabitants. By the middle of this decade the Toyota Woven City will cover ninety acres and will become a reality.

Toyota announced a $550 million deal to purchase Lyft Inc.’s self-driving operation to enhance its autonomous technology. According to the firm, within five years, people could live in smart homes with in-home robotics systems to help with basic activities and sensor-based artificial intelligence to track health and take care of other basic needs.

Smart homes will be powered by renewable energy such as photovoltaic or hydrogen cells. Photovoltaic panels will be mounted on the roofs of the buildings. In addition, the buildings infrastructure would be made of recyclable materials like timber, resulting in a lower carbon footprint. All buildings will be outfitted with the most cutting-edge home automation and artificial intelligence technology. Toyota says it wants to introduce natural vegetation and hydroponics, a way of growing plants without soil, into the region.

In an online video Toyoda, grandson of the carmaker’s founder, said It’s a new chapter in our story and in our industry. A city is basically distinguished by a simple residential development and its approach to mobility. The pedestrians will be prioritized in this city of future.  This smart city will be built on three different forms of technology that will form an “Organic Grid Pattern” according to Toyota.

The first, which includes green areas, will serve as a guide for pedestrians who wish to move or walk around the area. Following that, residents who wish to use electric mobility devices such as bicycles, scooters, or scooters will have access to a separate lane. Thirdly, a kind of track would be built for the exclusive use of self-driving cars. This can be used for both freight equipment and shipping of goods. Along with that there will be an underground road. In this case, the e-Palette model, a self-driving microbus developed by Toyota, will be used throughout the city.

James Kuffner, Toyota’s chief digital officer and head of Woven Planet, said in a briefing with reporters. Woven City will allow us to try out different city infrastructure. If cars and cities can communicate with each other in a smart way, I think we can build safer systems.

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