By: Innovate UK
What’s Possible in the Cities of the Future?
The population of the UK’s cities is continuously rising, which means it’s vital to find new and innovative ways of shaping the urban landscape. Creating environments that are intelligent, efficient and sustainable is a huge priority, so that one day soon we’ll be living in truly smart cities that benefit us in the modern age. Here are some predictions about the innovations that could be arriving in our cities of the future.
A transportation revolution
We all know where the future of transportation is heading. Driverless vehicles have been extensively tested for a number of years, with big names like Tesla and Uber eager to make significant steps with autonomous cars. What does this revolution mean for you? There’ll be no need to waste time hunting around for parking spaces anymore, as driverless vehicles will be able to drop you off and park in the optimum space, before picking you up again when you’re ready.
Public transport will also become much safer and efficient. That’s because it’ll evolve from buses & trains into a connected network of intelligent pods, which you’ll be able to hail from your phone. If there are other people in the city heading the same way, then they’ll join you on the journey. With efficient transport, the number of people owning cars will drop significantly, leading to better air quality, more accessible bicycle routes and more open green spaces.
Every type of building has the potential to become intelligent. By gathering data from occupants and the surrounding areas they will be able to improve constantly and ensure a safe & healthy environment. With solar windows, buildings will have the ability to regular temperature requirements, and any surplus energy gained will be offered to surrounding buildings and vehicles for a sustainable city infrastructure.
A new way to shop
The shopaholics among you will be very excited to hear about plans for the future of retail. Upon entering a clothes shop, you’ll approach an interactive changing room which will take all the hassle out of shopping. The clever use of AI will help the shop to know your clothes size & tastes, so a range of items will be suggested to you. They could even make recommendations to you based on your upcoming calendar. Interactive mirrors will show you exactly how clothes look on you without the need to try them on, and you will be able to choose drone delivery to have your items sent straight to your door.
The future is automated
With all the automation on the way to our future cities, it’ll leave us time to enjoy the things that really matter in life. A big question people ask is whether jobs will be affected, but many believe that new technology will simply allow services to become much more personalised. Automation is necessary for our cities to become truly smart and sustainable.
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