The president and CEO of Toyota, Koji Sato has announced that Woven by Toyota, a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation, will play a key role in the OEM’s next-generation products and technology.
The Toyota Mobility Concept aims to extend the value of the car by expanding mobility into new areas while integrating it with social systems. Woven by Toyota will aid in the development of next-generation cars including advanced battery-electric vehicles (BEVs).
“This is a pivotal moment for the industry when software can accelerate our progress toward an advanced mobility society,” said James Kuffner, CEO and representative director of Woven by Toyota. “Woven by Toyota plays a critical role and our unique software platform will enable Toyota to not only build next-generation BEVs but also expand the value of mobility across every aspect of our lives.”
Woven by Toyota will be responsible for developing software to expand vehicle intelligence to speed up the Toyota Mobility Concept. The subsidiary will also build and operate Woven City – a test course for testing ways of connecting people, cars and society.
At the center of the project is Arene, a software platform and vehicle operating system that enhances car intelligence and improves the development and application of mobility software. Toyota anticipates that Arene will be deployed on certain vehicles beginning in 2025. The company’s next-generation BEVs will follow shortly after in 2026.
When combined with Toyota’s hardware platforms, Arene will help the OEM speed up new vehicle development while reducing costs and providing better safety and more personalized experiences for customers.
Woven by Toyota is also accelerating software innovation within Toyota’s development of automated driving technologies. This includes the OEM’s next-generation automated driving and advanced driver assistance systems, in addition to geospatial intelligence technology that enables safe and reliable decision making by vehicle systems.
Woven City consists of partnerships with Toyota group developers, partner corporations, startups, entrepreneurs and residents working in collaboration to develop new ideas. Phase 1 construction of Woven City will be completed in the summer of 2024, followed by preparations for the start of initial trials in 2025.
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