Newspapers, magazines and social media sites are buzzing with the latest ideas and inventions that will bring the city of the future to life. For these ideas to be realised, however, innovation needs a collaborative approach.

Not only does the science of artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things need to be fully developed, but so does the day-to-day infrastructure of our urban environments. Here’s how collaborative engineering can transform the future of cities.

The transformation of transport

So far in the evolution of transport, we’ve seen Uber revolutionise the ordering of transport; Tesla triumph with greener alternatives to automotive manufacturing; and a huge push forwards with the potential of self-driving cars. So how will this develop in the future?

Firstly, the hunt for parking spaces will be a thing of the past. Your self-driving car will transport you to your desired location, drop you off and then find its own optimised parking space. Though, it’s public transport where the really exciting developments will come into play.

Collaborations in artificial intelligence and transport networks will lead to the creation of multi-user public transport pods. Instead of buses with set routes and timetables, these pods will take a more intelligent approach. You will order one from your phone and it will pick you up along with other passengers who are heading in the same direction.

For this to be realised, the entire transport infrastructure will need to be smart and efficient. Payment technology will allow passengers to hop on and off the pods and be charged instantly.

This combined effort to revolutionise the future of transport will mean car ownership will drop dramatically. The fewer people who own cars will ultimately mean the cleaner our cities will become. Pollution will drop, green spaces will open up and biking will become more accessible.

Smart and sustainable buildings

Intelligent technology combined with a sustainable approach to structure development will lead to public buildings being able to run at optimum efficiency. This means buildings will be able to gather information from occupants, the neighbouring area and other constructions to aide continual improvements. Buildings will be aware of people inside and their collective needs. This includes keeping occupants at the ideal temperature and ensuring they’re in a healthy and safe environment.

Buildings will source energy themselves through developments like solar windows. Any extra energy gathered will be shared with the surrounding area and vehicles.

The high street of the future

Advancements in the future city won’t only focus on infrastructure. Even our shopping experience will be revolutionised. Imagine shops fitted with interactive changing rooms and augmented reality mirrors. Through clever use of AI, stores will already know your size and fashion preferences. Collecting data from your social calendar, stores can even offer recommendations for upcoming events.

Using the interactive mirror, you can alter any designs and have a tailor made piece delivered to your door by drone later that day.

The result of collaborations

None of these advancements are possible without collaborations between technological developments and infrastructure planning. Bringing together teams behind sectors like artificial intelligence and vehicle manufacturing are vital if we’re to push forward with the visions of future cities and a sustainable environment.

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