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Toyota plans to build a city of the future. What will he be and who will live in it?

According to the data for 2019, in RussiaThere are 38 closed cities, inside which weapons are produced and all kinds of military facilities are located. Residents of these cities live quite ordinary lives, but are required to sign documents on non-disclosure of information on developments in closed territories. Such cities exist in the United States, and some of them are designed to test completely safe technologies such as public transport with automatic control. In 2016, Sidewalk labs took up the construction of such a city, and in 2021, the Japanese car manufacturer Toyota will develop the same project. But why does a company need a separate city and who will live in it?

Toyota City Will Be Located On Mount Fuji

About the plans of the Japanese car manufacturertold The Verge. At the moment, it is known that the city will be called Woven City, which can be translated as “Woven City”. This name was given due to the fact that it will consist of three streets intertwined. The first will be designed for the movement of cars with a self-driving system, the second will drive smart bicycles and scooters, and the third will be simple pedestrians. The company plans to use the city to test automatic driving systems and all kinds of elements of "houses of the future" that are able to monitor the health of residents and help them in everyday life with the help of robots.

The streets of Woven City will look something like this

Where is the city of Toyota located?

Woven City will be located ona former Toyota car factory with an area of ​​70 hectares. This area at the foot of Mount Fuji, which is considered a symbol of Japan, should be suitable for building a city with a capacity of up to 2000 people. Construction will be led by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, who authored an unusual figure-eight building in Copenhagen.

House "take-up", built by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels

By the way, other works by Bjarke Ingels can be found in the documentary series “Abstraction: The Art of Design”

Of course, in addition to the three roads in the city there will beresidential buildings, hospitals and schools were built. Toyota employees and their families will settle in them, who will be able to use at the same time to test various components of smart homes and automatic public transport that can independently transport passengers to the desired part of the city. This is not officially stated, but on the streets of Woven City you will probably be able to meet robotic policemen and other unusual equipment.

Night view of Woven City

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The company's plans are undoubtedly extremely interesting. At the moment, automatic driving systems in cars require careful tuning and a small city with real people is the best platform for developing such a technology. Of course, all this can be done on public roads, but more often large trucks are tested on them. To test the performance of cars, it is the urban conditions that are necessary with living people.