Toyota creating living lab to study city of the future
Everyone wants to know, when will cars truly drive themselves?
When will they know what I'm thinking?
When will they fly and more importantly, when will cars actually transform into giant robots?
Now, we may not be working on the third transformer but we are focused on the future of Connectivity, Autonomy, Shared mobility and Electrification or CASE as we call it.
We thought, why not build a real city and have real people live in it, and safety test all kind of technologies?
Well, ladies and gentlemen, that's what I'm here to announce today On this 175-acre site in [UNKNOWN] Japan, we have decided to build a prototype town of the future where people live, work, play and participate in a living laboratory.
This is our vision.
So basically today the typical street is a mess, with everything and nothing everywhere So we started by splitting the typical street into three separate forms of mobility.
The first type is the path to transportation, and every vehicle is autonomous with zero emissions and street trees trade the necessary distinction between people and vehicles.
The second type would be an urban prominent shared by pedestrians and slower personal mobility.
And the final type of street will be a linear park with paths for pedestrians only.
So imagine walking from one part of town to the other moving only through a park.
So these three types of streets will then weave together into a woven bridge.
Of three by three city blocks each framing a local park or courtyard.
Below ground we find the entire infrastructure of the city including it's hydrogen power storage and water filtration systems.
A network for the autonomous delivery of goods also takes place underground.
And connects directly to the buildings above.
Homes in the [UNKNOWN] City will serve as test sites for new technology such as in home robotics to assist with daily life.
So these smart homes will take advantage of full connectivity using sensor based AI to do things automatically like restocking your fridge Or taking out your trash, or even taking care of how healthy you are.
So by now you may be thinking, has this guy lost his mind?
Is he like a Japanese version of William Wonka?
[LAUGH] Perhaps, but I truly believe this is a product that can benefit everyone, not just Toyota.
If you didn't know, Toyota actually began as Loom Manufacturing.
We didn't start by building cars.
We began by weaving fabrics.
And now we hope to use that technology to weave together a new kind of city.
And a new way of enjoying life.
As a company committed for mobility for all.
And as global citizens, I believe is up to all of us, especially corporation like Toyota.
To do our part, to help make the world a better place, it's a responsibility and a promise we don't take likely.
And this modern city is one small but hopefully significant step toward fulfilling that promise.
Thank you very much.
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