Can Toyota succeed where Sidewalk Labs failed?

Toyota made a splash at CES 2020 with its announcement of a “city of the future” prototype. But almost a year later, questions loom around the viability of the Woven City…

The plans call for Toyota’s autonomous e-Palette vehicles, which can be scaled and customized for different services, to be used for transportation and deliveries; retail services; mobile offices and emergency response.

“It’s exciting that Toyota recognizes that to have truly autonomous vehicles, they have to be connected to everything,” said Karen Lightman, executive director of the Metro21: Smart Cities Institute at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). “It means data being shared across sectors, with everything talking to everything.”

“But it’s not just technology,” Lightman added. “It’s a space where humans live, and trust will be an important factor.”