Announced by CEO Akio Toyoda during a Monday presentation at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the ambitious project built on the site of a former car factory has been referred to by Toyota as the "Woven City," due to its integration of three types of transportation.
The community was designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, whose firm designed the 2 World Trade Center building in New York, as well as Google's Silicon Valley and London offices, according to Reuters.
One street would be for faster vehicles, while a second street will be for lower-speed personal mobility vehicles such as scooters and bikes, along with pedestrians. A third would be a "park-like promenade for pedestrians only," according to The Verge.
"These three street types weave together to form an organic grid pattern to help accelerate the testing of autonomy," says Toyota.
Employee residences would be equipped with AI-guided smart home technology and robotics.
The residencies would be equipped with smart home technology, such as in-home robotics to assist with daily living. "The homes will use sensor-based AI to check occupants' health, take care of basic needs and enhance daily life, creating an opportunity to deploy connected technology with integrity and trust, securely and positively," the company said. -The Verge