At CES, the big technology industry show, Toyota unveiled its plans to develop a “Woven City”, which will be built at the site of a factory that is planned to be closed.
The “Woven City” is a reference to Toyota’s early beginnings as a loom manufacturing company. The city will serve as a home to full-time researchers and other residents.
Toyota did not disclose costs for the project.
Executives at many major automakers have talked about how they could model future cities to cut climate-changing emissions from buildings and vehicles and on the whole reduce congestion and apply internet technology to everyday life. Toyota’s plan to build a futuristic community on 71 hectares (175 acres) near Mt. Fuji is a big step beyond what many have proposed.
Toyota’s proposal underscores its Chief Executive Akio Toyoda’s vision and ambition and highlights the company’s financial and political resources that it can bring to bear in its home country.
Toyota expects 2,000 people are likely to live in the community initially; construction is slated to begin next year.
Toyoda called the project “my personal ‘field of dreams.’
“You know if you build it, they will come.”
Toyota has commissioned Danish architect Bjarke Ingels for designing the community.
Ingels’ firm had designed the 2 World Trade Center building in New York as well as Google’s offices in London and in Silicon Valley.
Toyota has said, it is open to partnerships with other companies that want to use the project as a testing ground for technology.