September 20, 2020

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Japan is building “City of the Future”

Toyota is tackling an experimental city of the future in Japan

Toyota is tackling an experimental city of the future in Japan. Technologies such as autonomous driving are to be tested there, the automaker announced at CES 2020 in Las Vegas. Another step towards autonomous mobility after Toyota has already developed an autonomous e-shuttle for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

The dream of the Japanese city of the future. Autonomous driving does not always work perfectly in reality. To change that, Toyota is creating plans for an experimental city of the future. The technology can be tested extensively in the futuristic Japanese city. These visions of the future are ideal for the CES technology fair. For the city of the future, the site of a decommissioned factory of the car manufacturer near Mount Fuji is to be converted. Akio Toyoda announced even more at the Consumer Electronics Show. In the so-called “Woven City” (“Intertwined City”) initially 2000 people are to live, including Toyota employees, pensioners and interested researchers. In the smart city of Japan, pedestrians, cyclists and drivers should then share roads in an intelligent way. The Danish Bjarke Ingels has already been hired as an architect. The residential houses are said to be made of wood and equipped with solar cells on the roof. Toyoda made it very clear that such an autonomous and sustainable city is one of his big life dreams. However, the 63-year-old reckons with skeptics.

Toyota e-mobility at the Tokyo Olympics

Next year, the Olympic Games will take place in Tokyo from July 24th to August 9th. Afterwards, the athletes will fight for medals at the Paralympic Games from August 25th to September 6th. In addition to sporting records, the practical suitability of e-mobility based on hydrogen is also to be demonstrated. Japanese automaker Toyota has launched one of its vehicles: the Accessible People Mover, or APM for short.
Accessible People Mover brings athletes and visitors across the site.

The APM is designed to autonomously transport people to the Olympic site and bring them safely to the events and venues. The electric car can be used by athletes and visitors alike. In addition, the Accessible People Mover should be designed in such a way that it can also transport people with disabilities and families with small children. The entire fleet is said to consist of 200 electric vehicles. The APM stops include the Olympic Village. The car is accessible from both sides and can carry up to 6 people. Passengers can sit on 3 rows of seats. The 3 seats in the second row can be folded up for wheelchair users. However, the electric vehicle is designed for short distances.

Toyota is tackling an experimental city of the future
Toyota is tackling an experimental city of the future

Toyota states that the new model can also be used as an emergency and rescue vehicle. Part of the second and third row of seats can be reconfigured to accommodate a stretcher and rescue workers. Ramps simplify access. Fastening options in the floor additionally increase safety. Launched an offensive in which hydrogen plays the main role as an energy source. The “Start Your Impossible” campaign for the 2020 Summer Olympics marks the beginning of a milestone for the automotive group. Alain Uyttenhoven announced this. Among other things, 160 hydrogen filling stations are to be built for Japanese road users in the coming years. The Mirai has 154 hp and has a fuel cell as a power plant for the power supply. However, the car is relatively expensive at 78,600 euros.

Toyota Motor Corporation forecasts that the demand for vehicles with alternative drive technology will increase to up to 30,000 units annually over the next 10 years. The automobile manufacturer is building a new 8-storey building in Toyota City near the previous manufacturing facility, the Honsha plant. Fuel cells will be developed and manufactured there.