Toyota begins construction of smart city near Mount Fuji
Japan Times -- Feb 24
NAGOYA – Toyota Motor Corp. on Tuesday began construction of a smart city at the foot of Mount Fuji in central Japan as a testing ground for new technologies including robotics and artificial intelligence.

About 360 people including Toyota employees will initially move to the so-called Woven City to be built at the 70.8-hectare former Toyota factory site in Susono, Shizuoka Prefecture. It will be powered by electricity from fuel cells, which derive power from a hydrogen-oxygen reaction, in addition to solar panels.

Toyota describes the city — run with partner companies such as telecommunications giant Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. — as a “living laboratory” where it will test autonomous vehicles, robots and artificial intelligence in a real-world environment.

The automaker has commissioned Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, who designed the 2 World Trade Center in New York City and Google’s headquarters in California, to plan the layout of the city.

- Japan Times

トヨタ自動車が環境に優しい街を目指して最新技術の実証実験をする未来都市の建設が始まりました。  くわ入れ式は静岡県裾野市の東富士工場の跡地でトヨタの豊田章男社長や静岡県知事らが出席して行われました。  トヨタ自動車・豊田章男社長:「東富士工場のDNA、『人中心の街』『実証実験の街』『未完成の街』という『ウーブン・シティ』のぶれない軸として受け継がれて参ります」  未来都市「ウーブン・シティ」はトヨタの原点である織物の英語にちなんだ名称で、広さはディズニーランドの約1.5倍あります。  自動運転や人工知能などの最新技術の実証実験が展開されます。  高齢者や子育て世代360人を含め、将来的には2000人が暮らすことになります。 - ANNnewsCH

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