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Top Toyota exec: The dream of the Toyoda family is to make a flying car

TOKYO – The woven Japanese city, the digital-future city that Toyota Motor Corporation is building on the slopes of Mount Fuji, could be the country’s futuristic air hub for flying cars.

A vision of airborne renderings from the world’s largest automaker was laid out Tuesday in a presentation to local residents about Toyota’s plans for the future living laboratory.

James KovnerHe is a director at Toyota Motor and CEO of Woven Planet subsidiary that oversees the creation of woven cityHe said that flying was a passion of the founding family.

“It was a dream for the Toyoda family to build a flying car,” Kovner said, as he explained plans to develop Woven City, with a mixed mobility system, green energy grid, sustainable farming practices, and a diverse cast of artists, families, entrepreneurs and inventors.

“I’ve been watching many TV shows about flying cars, and maybe one day Woven City will become the area that introduces air mobility to Japan and the world,” said the US CEO.

Toyota It’s already wet In electric vertical take-off and landing, or eVTOL aircraft.

I invested in a Japanese air transportation startup called sky driveAnd in January 2020, Toyota announced an investment of $394 million in a major US competitor, Joby Aviation. Last month , join Honda Toyota is in pursuit, announcing plans to commercialize its eVOTL aircraft by 2030.

The field of electric-powered aircraft, sometimes described as “flying cars”, is increasingly being explored by global automakers, including South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Group.

Daisuke Toyoda, son of Toyota Motor President Akio Toyoda and Senior Vice President of the Woven Planet Program and Automated Driving Unit, is the CEO of Woven City.

Kuffner said Toyota started work in Woven City in February, and that construction is progressing on schedule despite hurdles raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. He said construction of the buildings is scheduled to begin in 2022, with the city opening sometime around 2025.

Toyota Motor Corp announced the creation of Woven City in January 2020 at CES, with scant details. But the plan is being developed gradually. Autonomous driving, for example, will be Woven City’s main focus and is a central reason why such a city was built in the first place.

The city will be built in networks of 150 meters and 150 meters with three types of roads. One will be dedicated to self-driving vehicles. Another would be pedestrian only. The third would be for mixed use by pedestrians and their personal mobility devices. Some of the roads will be above ground, weathered, to test navigation techniques in rain, snow, fog and sun. Others may be underground, to take full advantage of slip, rain or shine efficiency.

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