Netease technology news on January 8, according to foreign media reports, most automakers have their own test lanes, but Toyota has a bigger idea: transform an old factory into an intelligent city, where people will live, work and study new transportation technologies.
Toyota named the city woven city, a high-tech business park covering an area of about 710000 square meters, and plans to start construction in 2021. The city was designed by bjarke Ingels, a famous Danish architect who also designed the latest Google headquarters and World Trade Center Tower 2.
Big and Toyota have designed how the city works. There will be three types of access for travel. The first is the channel for automatic driving; the second is for personal mobile devices, such as bicycles and motorcycles. And the third kind will be a park style pedestrian passage. In the city, all these channels will be staggered to meet everyones traffic needs.
This city will not be used by Toyota only. Toyota President and CEO Akio Toyoda said he would invite researchers and partners to conduct various experiments in the new city.
The future city will have houses built with sustainable wood to inherit the Japanese tradition of building with wood and use solar panels to provide energy. Families living in the city will also try to use artificial intelligence technology and robots. They are supposed to help residents deal with things like taking out garbage, setting the temperature of refrigerators and even checking the health of residents.
A few years ago, Toyota launched an unmanned concept food transport vehicle called e-pallet at CES, which will become the citys mobile retail site. A number of e-palets gathered in the city square will become the shopping center of the city, which is a bit like a farmers market.
Underground in the city, there will be hydrogen batteries for power storage and distribution, as well as water filtration systems. It will also be a logistics center, where items may be delivered to families through a group of micro robots or conveyor belts.
Its a bit crazy idea to build a complete city for people to live, work and study. However, Akio Toyoda seems to be excited about this, although he knows that the audience may think he is a little crazy. Whether crazy or not, its an interesting experiment on how to build cities in the future, or at least an interesting display on CES. (Liu Chun)
Source: Wang Fengzhi, editor in charge of Netease Technology Report