Vehicles, Smart Cities and Drones all are autonomous


With the help of 5G and Edge Computing, the anticipated advances in cars, drones, and smart cities are very important. Tesla, Nvidia, Intel, Qualcomm, BMW, Volvo, and Ford are just a few of the companies involved in this kind of technology research. In addition, Uber is building its own fleet, and Amazon is exploring the idea of shipping the product to users via an independent drone. These technologies make up an interconnected, agile, and dynamic transportation system that brings not only social but also environmental benefits.

This will have a profound impact on the design (secondary design) and management of the city, and will also change the way people move within the city or from city to city. However, all this is too early.

The theme of the seminar held at CES in January this year focused on smart cities, especially focusing on the operation of autonomous vehicles in smart cities. Some industry experts expressed their views on the current development.

Mike Abelson, GM’s vice president of global strategy, said: “We can see from our tests in San Francisco that we are still learning how vehicles interact with their surroundings, including pedestrians, cyclists, and other means of transportation. As for How self-driving cars can overturn cities and reconstruct our design and vision of cities, we have not yet reached this stage. To achieve this, you need to deploy a considerable number of autonomous driving fleets, interact with the city, and try to do some experiments. We look forward to this kind of interaction and believe that self-driving cars will have a major impact on the way cities operate and their physical layout. “

The way we achieve this goal is to use a monocular camera and a crowdsourcing solution for low-autonomy vehicles.

This obviously requires a high degree of connectivity for the map. Nakul Duggal, vice president of product management at Qualcomm, emphasized: “What we have been focusing on for the past 15 months is the” V2x “technology. If you start to equip the infrastructure in the city with sensors, such as Traffic lights, building areas, etc. This measure basically allows cars to have sensors that can accurately “listen” to the environment. As cities become more modern in terms of connectivity in the future, transportation networks also need to become smarter. “

Dynamic maps, sensor-equipped infrastructure, and intelligent interconnected networks all enable smart cities to achieve more efficient routing and parking instructions. With the advancement of shared cars and electric cars, such development will help save time, save the land, and reduce pollution and congestion in future cities.

Do you really want a smart city?

The latest issue of “Scientific Man” reported “The Truth About Smart Cities, People Don’t Want to Face”, collating recent important news about smart cities: Bill. Bill Gates announced on November 13 that it would buy 25,000 acres of land in the Arizona desert in the United States to build a smart city from scratch. The United States EasyPark announced the 2017 Smart City Index (2017 Smart City Index), Taipei ranked 57th, the first in Copenhagen.

so far, what we call smart cities is actually just individual smart project projects, whether it is a smart signal system that the Pittsburgh Philadelphia Transportation Bureau spends $30 million to promote and can automatically adjust to traffic conditions, Kansas City The government has invested 15 million US dollars to create a smart lighting project that uses built-in sensors to automatically turn off street lights when there are no pedestrians or cars to save energy and electricity. It is expected to reduce power waste by 20% to 30%. These individual highlight projects all show the “potential” of smart city technology, but they cannot represent the network connection, point-to-point planning of every corner of the street, and a complete smart city.

“One of the big reasons for the decoupling between the potential of smart cities and reality is that smart cities are where the digital world mixes, but they may also be “collisions” with non-digital worlds. Non-digital issues include traditional governance and social justice, Politics, ideology, privacy, and financial elements. When smart city planning begins to become an important factor, these are not so smart, efficient, or flexible to adapt. Any element that is not smart can become a stumbling block, and when When combined with long-term problems in other cities, the proportion grows bigger and bigger.”

In fact, this is behind our own counterattack on the logical problems caused by the future description model. We selectively use some “smart” components to represent the entire digital city. However, it did not consider the interlocking influence of the neglected components under long-term neglect and brewing.

Adam Greenfield, a senior researcher in urban planning at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and an urban analysis professional in the United States, has long played the role of a crow. He believes that the concept of the smart city puts technology in front of the people and ignores the most important ones. Basically let us be the basic elements of man. He has no opinion on technology and is an early proponent of advanced technology, but he believes that the so-called smart operating system, data analysis, and algorithms will be the key to our future. At present, there are already doubts and criticisms from all over the world. We cannot ignore it.

LSE report in 2014 “Make smart cities dumb!” „ÄČ, and his book “Against the Smart City” (Against the Smart City), believes that this problem is not just a problem with the rhetoric and language of the smart city. The media cannot reveal that this is a large-scale technology company’s marketing profit phenomenon. The city, however, has no way to critically think about and discuss the various linkages between backstage politics. These also make the “wisdom” of the smart city obscure people’s eyes. Greenfield himself is also one of the earliest commentators on the social impact and design of the Internet of Things. In addition to re-examining smart cities with a “bottom-up” perspective instead of a bird’s-eye view, he has turned to think in recent years. Test with which “radical technology”, such as blockchain, can work together to shape the future of the city.

Smart cities are not new stories, and the criticism of smart cities already has its history. Only for a long time, these discussions belonged to different camps, each with its own set of views and opinions. I am curious, why is it now? Why do we hear more and more people paying attention to such opinions on social media now? What significance does it mean when popular science books such as “Science Man” that promote scientific and technological perspectives begin to reflect on smart cities?

I can think about and be inspired by the hustle and dusty use of OTT online video streaming services. As a member of the thread cutting army, who are the users of OTT? Broadband Internet users who no longer pay any radio or television programs. These people are completely different from traditional broadcast and television program users. When the number of Internet users continues to grow and they will no longer return to the traditional usage scenario, new issues and demands will replace them and become the new mainstream issues in the information society.

Smart cities will also face such changes. Traditional users do not rely on the Internet and need traditional services to connect the daily lives of these citizens – and these imaginations are the core context of the mainstream concept of smart cities in the past. Once people are encountering more and more advanced applications, and traditional services can no longer satisfy everyone, it will also bring opportunities for revision and upgrading of smart cities: “At this time” we need more inclusive smart city concepts to guide people Forward.

In the new outlook of wisdom in the future, citizen participation will be the most important key. Only with approval can we participate, and what is the smart city culture we want to shape today? How does our wisdom take care of the soil and culture that nurture everyone? How can digital culture go hand in hand with traditional culture?

“Amazing wisdom, grateful for wisdom.” These questions without standard answers will be a new challenge for the upgraded version of smart cities in the future.


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