The city of the future is highly interconnected smart environment where people, government and business operate in symbiosis with spectacular improving technologies such as big data. The internet of things, artificial intelligence, robots, drones, autonomous green vehicles, 3D/4D printing, and renewable energy.
Simultaneously, it is also a place where surveillance is pervasive and data capture is considered permissible by city residents.
At their heart, smart cities are designed to capture massive amounts of data about the population and its patterns and use it to inform decision making. This information gathering results in what is called big data and it is essentially gathered via surveillance.
It is collated from a constantly evolving and expanding internet of things – encompassing traffic lights and cameras, pollution sensors, building control systems, and personal devices all feeding giant data spheres held in the cloud. The ability to crunch all this data is becoming easier due to rampant growth in the use of devices algorithms. Artificial intelligence and predictive software.
Here’s insight to what future cities will look like –
Autonomous, connected transport networks
We are already noticing how technology is allowing certain companies to disrupt the transport industry. From uber with their seamless order process to testa with graner automotive alternatives, we are also seeing plenty of investment and research into the development of autonomous vehicles.
Driverless cars are likely to be the norm in our future city. Our journey will offer a chance to catch up on work or watch your favourite shows. We won’t have to deal with the hassle of finding a place to park either, the car will drop we at our destination and find a space on its own.
Public transport will see the biggest changes. Set routes and timetables services will be a thing of the past. Networks are connected self-driving pods will make public transport completely efficient and seamless. Simply hire a pod via app and head to your destination. Any passengers heading in the same direction will be picked up en-route.
Smart and sustainable Buildings
Public buildings will gather data about their occupants and visitors. This will be used to ensure they operate at optimum efficient and also aid in continual improvements. This data will enable buildings to maintain an optimum temperature and ensure everyone remains safe.
The future of shopping
High street shopping will also be the target of innovation. When you enter a clothes store, you could easily see how certain outfits would look through the use of augmented reality mirrors. The store will already know your clothes size, fashion preferences and upcoming social calendar. Clever use of artificial intelligence will enable the store to make hyper-personalized and relevant recommendations for you.
Future predictions like this are always closely followed by a debate surrounding the potential loss of jobs. It certainly is a topic that needs addressing though we believe this won’t necessarily be the case. In fact, we predict service jobs will become for more personal and quality focused. The introduction of automation will free up more time.