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Smart Cities in the UK

Smart Cities in the UK

Posted On 19 Oct, 2018

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We won’t surprise anyone by stating that technology will clearly determine our future. Think about how many fields in your daily life are now dependent on tech. There’s nothing wrong with that as long as we utilize technology properly.

Your smartphone can do a lot of things but imagine if everything surrounding you was also called “smart”. Advanced software is now largely used in as many devices as possible. This also includes cars. Some cities in the UK have recognized the great potential of having “connected cars”. These are cars that belong to the same system and information is exchanged. Most of the new hybrid cars nowadays have such features.

The goal of the whole Smart Cities thing is to have well-organized cities thanks to easy information exchange. The idea is for people and drivers in particular to have real-time information regarding traffic, parking spots, and accidents. And all this is achieved by transmitters installed in lampposts.

So, what can you do in cities such as Bristol in the UK? Well for starters, you can enjoy driving more low emission cars. If you are in a hurry for an appointment and are looking for a parking spot, you will be notified about some free parking spaces near you. The point of the whole thing is to not drive around long. This way you will burn less fuel and pollute less.

Another advantage is the fact that electric cars owners will be made aware of all the free charging stations in the city. This way they will leave their cars with a peace of mind and go run errands without any pressure. Authorities will definitely stimulate the growth of pretty much one certain type of cars for sale – the electric ones.

Another very important thing about smart cities is related to traffic control. By having smart traffic lights, you are guaranteed to have a green light in case the intersection is empty. During rush hours advantage will be given to the busier of the two streets. This will work similarly to having a traffic cop but you know…minus the cop.

Next, reporting an accident happens automatically. A signal is sent to headquarters and a unit can be dispatched immediately. Not only that, but drivers can also receive GPS messages to avoid that particular area of the city. Connected road signs also display warning messages.

And finally, collecting the garbage is also easier in Smart Cities because the waste containers will let collection companies know when they are full.

 

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