In January 2009, Toyota Motor Corporation established Woven Planet Holdings, a subsidiary that develops cutting-edge technology and new businesses.The company takes the form of a holding company, and Woven Alpha is one of its operating subsidiaries.Woven Alpha, a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation, is in charge of the actual development of the Woven City. (It is also worth noting that Daisuke Toyoda, the son of Akio Toyoda, is in charge of Woven City at Woven Alpha.)
Q1: Where is it? A1: The location will be at the site of Toyota Motor East Japan's Higashifuji Plant (Susono City, Shizuoka Prefecture), which closed at the end of 2008.
Q2:Who is in charge of urban design? A2:Urban design is handled by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels.The Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), which he founded, also handles the "2 World Trade Center" in New York, USA, and the headquarters building of Google in the United States.
Q3: What kind of city will it be? A3:A land of 150 x 150 m is set as one section (basic unit), and various demonstration experiments are conducted in each section.In the future, they will promote urban development within a range of approximately 708,000 m2. The following three types of roads will be constructed on the ground. (1) Automobile-only roads where self-driving cars and zero-emission vehicles run at high speeds (2) Roads where low-speed driving and pedestrian movement coexist (3) Pedestrian road In addition, there are the following development plans:
Buildings are made of carbon-neutral materials.
Install solar panels on the roof of the building.
Install all infrastructure such as fuel cells underground.
Verify new technology for indoor robots.
Use sensor data and AI (artificial intelligence) to check the daily health and improve the quality of life.
Use "e-Palette" for transportation of people and goods, mobile stores, etc.
Create parks and plazas in the center of the city to form a community that connects residents.
Q4: Who are planning to live in? A4: First, the "inventor" of technology and services, and the users of these services, the elderly and the child-rearing generation, will move to this city. Initially, there will be about 360 people.(Residents such as inventors have not been clarified as of February 19, 2009. It is expected to be announced one by one in the near future.) Q5:What kind of technology will be verified? A5: (following)
Mobility as a Service (MaaS)
In recent years, "smart cities" have been attracting attention, and cities around the world are moving toward realization. With the rapid urbanization, there is an urgent need to improve the efficiency of energy use in urban areas, and smart cities are expected as a solution. For example, In Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where our office is located, local residents, central governments, local governments, companies, and educational research institutes aim to reduce CO2 emissions by 40% compared to 1990 levels by 2025.
Many global companies are eager to find new business opportunities for smart cities. Smart cities are not only a great opportunity to solve social problems, but also a great opportunity to develop and put into practical use advanced technologies. Let's pay attention to the new technology that will be put into practical use with the development of smart cities.