During a press conference at CES 2020 (where else?), Toyota announced plans to build a tech-topia at the base of Mount Fuji.
Woven City will be a “living laboratory” for Toyota and other companies — it’s open to partnerships — to test innovations.
Will I get my own Rosie?
Actually, yes. Homes will come with robots that handle basic household tasks. Other Woven City highlights include:
- Embedded sensors to connect buildings, vehicles, and people
- Only autonomous, zero-emission cars and trucks permitted on primary thoroughfares
- Homes built with sustainable materials and powered by a mix of solar energy and hydrogen fuel cells
Toyota plans to break ground in 2021 and expects about 2k residents — mostly Toyota employees and their families.
And if you want in, but don’t want to move to Japan…
You’re in luck. Google subsidiary Sidewalk Labs plans to build a smart city in an underused area of Toronto. Some vital deets:
- Plans include a mix of high-tech residential, retail, and office spaces designed to solve issues like waste disposal and traffic congestion
- Collected data will become a public asset
- Development would be overseen by a governmental group called Waterfront Toronto
It’s worth noting that, historically, company towns have been problematic.
During the Industrial Revolution, coal companies established communities that basically ensured they owned everyone’s a**. It might be true that every cloud has a silver lining, but there might be something else lurking behind THE cloud.
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