Roads of the future could harvest energy from cars to power street lights, detect speeding or erratic driving, and automatically weigh vehicles as they drive along. An international team of researchers from the USA, Taiwan and Spain have created a list of ten technological advances that could feature on future roads. They examined technologies already being developed such as charging lanes in Sweden and local networks that automatically warn cars of upcoming hazards. Roads are no longer merely a physical entity or solid ground, but somewhere for communication, sensing and power generation, the team claims. Other uses they considered included the harvesting of sunlight, playing music to warn of hazards and powering fleets of electric heavy goods vehicles.
It's a fact of life that most of us are going to be living in cities. According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, 68 percent of the world's population will live in cities by the year 2050. Research by U.S.-based McKinsey & Company shows that by 2025, 600 cities around the globe will together generate 60 percent of the world's gross domestic product (GDP). Currently, there are 29 cities worldwide with populations of more than 10 million people, and cities use between 60 percent and 80 percent of the world's energy. Lighting alone accounts for up to 19 percent of the world's electricity consumption.
With massive breakthroughs in smart technologies being reported every month, it won't be long until our transport industries are dominated by AI. Here are just some of the ways artificial intelligence is changing the face of transport, and what we can expect in the near future. Autonomous cars have quickly moved from the realm of sci-fi into reality. Though still in the early stages, these AI-driven vehicles could drastically change how we get from A to B in the near future. From plowing snow to collecting garbage, self-driving trucks could soon be taking over a lot of our dirty work.
Wireless vehicle charging that could see electric cars get their batteries topped up by the roads they are driven is a step closer to reality. Smartphone chip maker Qualcomm has created a 100-metre stretch of road that sends charge to electric vehicles travelling on it, even at high speeds. The introduction of such wireless charging highways could revolutionise the electric-car market, eradicating range anxiety and the impracticality of having to stop for extended periods to recharge batteries - two of the biggest hurdles for electric vehicle adoption today. Many will compare the design to the race tracks you'll find in Scalextric toy sets The first live demonstration of the tech firm's Scalextric-like road took place last week in France. It works by linking a number of Qualcomm's'Halo' wireless charging pads - designed to charge an electric car when it's parked - into a stretch of tarmac.
AI/Edge Vastai Technologies is using Arteris IP's FlexNoC Interconnect IP and AI Package for its Artificial Intelligence Chips for artificial intelligence and computer vision systems-on-chip (SoCs). Startup Vastai Technologies was founded in December 2018, designs ASICs and software platforms for computer vision and AI applications, such as smart city, smart surveillance, smart education, according to a press release. Smart city connections will be dominated by video surveillance and smart utility metering, says ABI Research in a report, predicting that by 2026, 87% of the smart city market will be those two device types. Low-latency 5G connections and embedded AI in video surveillance systems are some of the enabling technologies. Internet of Things The smart building market will generate over $2 billion in revenue by 2026 for software and services, says ABI Research, thanks to some new emerging applications.