Here on the APEX of Innovation, we’ve covered how smart city technology is helping to innovate business and to generate new ways to produce clean energy. But there’s so much more. Below we take a look at some new smart city examples launched at the recent CES event in Las Vegas.
But first, let’s revisit a commonly accepted smart city definition. According to Wikipedia, “A smart city is an urban area that uses different types of electronic Internet of Things (IoT) sensors to collect data, and then uses insights gained from that data to manage assets, resources, and services efficiently. This includes data collected from citizens, devices, and assets that are processed and analyzed to monitor and manage traffic and transportation systems, power plants, utilities, water supply networks, waste management, crime detection, information systems, schools, libraries, hospitals, and other community services.”
Read on to learn more about how smart city technology is benefiting both communities and companies alike.
Flying Taxis Coming to a City Near You
Are the Jetsons coming to your city? While most smart cities use cases center around data collection and better insights to manage resources, other areas like transportation and mobility are where massive change is on the horizon. At the recent CES show in Las Vegas, Hyundai and Uber unveiled a concept vehicle for electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL). The flying taxi is planned to be 100 percent electric and fully autonomous in the future. The new vehicles could be on the market by 2028, and we could see people traveling by taxis in the sky by the 2030s. Hold on tight!
Smart City Serves as Testbed for the Future
In other news at CES, carmaker Toyota announced its plans to build a smart city—called the Woven City—for an entirely new purpose: To test new technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous vehicles, and robot-assisted living. You heard that right. The company is building a 2,000-person “city of the future” for the sole purpose of testing new innovations. Think of it as one big experiment on how future cities will function and how the citizens that live in them will go about their day-to-day lives. Powered by hydrogen fuel and solar panels, the city will be sustainable and self-sufficient with data connectivity and data sharing being paramount to the city’s operation.
“With people, buildings, and vehicles all connected and communicating with each other through data and sensors, we will be able to test AI technology, in both the virtual and the physical world, maximizing its potential,” said Toyota’s CEO Akio Toyoda. “We want to turn artificial intelligence into intelligence amplified.” That’s pretty cool!
To learn more, see how Italy’s Aeroporti Di Roma is using smart city technology to improve its operations and the overall passenger experience in this customer video blog.