What Will Cities of the Future Look Like?
- Published: Wednesday, 24 May 2017 10:06
- Written by Innovate UK
With technological developments emerging at an impressive rate, it’s interesting to consider what the cities of the future will be like. Artificial intelligence, augmented reality, the Internet of Things and smart data will all shape the world around us. We could even reach a time when our cities begin to think like a human brain. For this to become reality, a strong sense of collaboration between businesses and universities is vital.
A New Type of Transport
Technology like autonomous vehicles which today are still in early development will be commonplace by 2050. The public transport infrastructure presents an opportunity for serious innovations.
Instead of set transport routes and timetables, we’re likely to see connected networks of driverless pods. A passenger can hire a pod via app and will be assigned the closest available vehicle. Any other passengers heading in the same direction will be picked up en-route. Payment will be instantly deducted when a passenger exits the vehicle.
The seamless running of transport systems is likely to drive car ownership figures down. This will allow for cleaner air, more green spaces and even an increase in accessible bike routes.
Smart, Sustainable Buildings
Workplaces, hospitals, schools and even libraries will become intelligent structures. They will gather data from users and occupants to ensure they work in the most efficient way possible. They will also use this data to continually improve as well as regulate temperature and health & safety.
Developments like solar windows will enable buildings to be greener and self-sustainable. Any surplus resources will be offered to local businesses or vehicles running low.
The Intelligent High Street
The future of the High Street will also be affected by technological innovations. AI and augmented reality will revolutionise the changing room. Upon entering a shop, they’ll already know your dress size, fashion preferences and upcoming social events. Based on this information, each store will make intelligent, personal suggestions.
More Time for What Matters
There’s lots of discussions about whether innovations and automation like those spoken of above will put people’s jobs at risk. This isn’t necessarily the case. We predict that this emerging tech will make time for a more personal, higher quality of service. Our time can be spent on the things that really matter.
How Realistic is This?
It’s easy to discuss where the potential of technology can lead us. This is a favourable view of how innovation can benefit the urban landscape of the future. For this to come to fruition, businesses need to work closely with those developing this technology to ensure the most effective and efficient result is achieved. Collaborations will allow for the evolution of our cities’ infrastructures.
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