Smart cities that… live in the future
If you know where to look, you can travel to the future today. During the past, businesses used to hide their findings in labs, but in our days latest technologies, like autonomous cars and drones, first have to be tested and finalized in the real world before entering our lives.
Indeed, there are cities around the globe that are hosting certain smart and innovative ideas, providing their citizens with the opportunity to have a look at what could be a part of modern culture in the years to come.
Below you can see which cities of the world … already live in the future:
Pittsburgh is a city well known for its iron and steel industry, which has been turned into a research hub for autonomous vehicles. Uber, Ford and Aurora have offices there, while other companies plan to move into the city, according to its authorities. Pittsburgh is also home to the Carnegie Mellon University, where innovative work on autonomous vehicles begun decades ago, while also being a longterm leader in the fields of mechanics and robotics.
Reykjavik hosts a fully automated program of deliveries by unmanned drones – while it is also one of the few places on the planet where someone can have something delivered by drone.
The Russian capital has a network of 146,000 cameras to watch the city’s streets, the citizens, visitors and businesses. The cameras are used to evaluate that trash has been collected, that speed regulations are enforced and that snow has been removed.
Chicago is ever closer to its goal of using sensors for traffic conditions. Indeed, through the project Array of Things, it has the target of watching traffic quality and circulation in every corner of the city through the positioning of sensors over many intersections.
San Francisco, USA
Silicon Valley is the birthplace of the digital revolution and it turned San Francisco into the city of the future.
Walk the city and surely you will encounter electric vehicles and wheeled robots that make deliveries to customers. It should be noted that the area was not always a technology hub, however the Pentagon’s investment helped this American city turn into a technology hub for the 21st century.
Duqm in Oman, 550km south of capital Muscat, aims to become the new Dubai. The former seaside village will be fully transformed into the country’s industrial center, with a refinery, a methanol plant, a car factory, houses and schools for the 100,000 inhabitants it plans to incorporate.
Malaysia’s incredibly ambitious plan is called “the City of Forests” or “the City of the Future”, This ecocity’s smart buildings will be covered by plants and roofs of interconnected buildings where one will be able to walk without having to descend to ground level. The “City of Forests” is realized on four artificial islands and will be completed by 2035.
Neom, Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia builds the super-technological Neom city near the Red Sea, which is planned to become the kingdom’s flagship. It will be supplied exclusively by renewables, the internet will be free and extremely fast everywhere and public transportation will be automated. Neom will be 33 times larger than New York, it will cost 550 bil. Dollars (490 bil. Euros) and its construction will be completed by 2030.
Lusail (main picture) is a city under construction 1.5 km outside Qatar’s capital, Doha. It will be 100% sustainable, with futuristic buildings designed not to waste any water. 400,000 people will be able to live inside its borders. In 2022 it will host some of the World Cup’s games.