Toyota breaks ground at 175-acre ‘smart city’ in Japan

Automotive giant Toyota has begun work on building what it is calling “the city of the future” powered by robots and artificial intelligence (AI) on a 175-acre site in Japan.

The “Woven City”, which will be built at a site at the base of Mount Fuji, will house up to 2,000 staff and families from the company alongside robots.

Toyota said it will use the site as a testing ground for technologies designated for use in “urban environments”, including robotics, interconnected smart homes and artificial intelligence.

Toyota's Woven City will house robots alongside 2,000 members of staff and their families

The company’s president Akio Toyoda recently broke ground at the site alongside officials of Shizuoka Prefecture, the district which will be home to ‘Woven City’, around 60 miles outside of Tokyo.

“Building a complete city from the ground up, even on a small scale like this, is a unique opportunity to develop future technologies, including a digital operating system for the city’s infrastructure,” said Toyoda in a statement.

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