While these advancements are significant in their own rights, when coupled together, they pose a new way in how citizens can access city services; live in safer, environmentally friendly communities; be part of a robust economy; and contribute to the betterment of their own lives, as well as those of their neighbors and future generations.
C/AVs use an array of sensors to collect vast amounts of data from their own vehicles as well as those around them. This data can then be used by city managers to more efficiently and effectively plan, react and manage city operations. C/AVs can collect many points of information including vehicle speed, braking, idling, emissions, location, engine diagnostics and even imagery of surrounding areas.
Onboard systems can relay information to their drivers and passengers on available services, recommend less congested routes, and can even identify nearby amenities and available parking. C/AVs can also provide motorists real-time congestion information, e-coupons for services, and integrate ways for motorists to make reservations and even pay for services while in their vehicles.
Smart cities also use data collected through a robust set of sensors to improve the overall lives of their citizens. The smart city data, which ranges from water and air quality, traffic congestion, crime and incident responses, imagery, energy consumption, weather, and even people’s location, can be used to provide better access to city services, improve safety, enhance environmental quality and advance a city’s overall economic position.
When pairing C/AVs and smart cities, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This pairing creates a powerful symbiotic relationship that can be used to even further improve the lives of a city’s citizens and motorists.
Provide robust, enhanced, real-time data for planning and analysis – Currently, most transportation-related data is provided either by infrastructure-installed sensors, captured from smartphone apps, or provided by third-party providers. C/AVs offer real-time information from a vehicle’s perspective for both the C/AV, as well as surrounding vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. This data, provided in real-time to smart cities, can be used to better plan responses, manage public operations and ultimately improve a city’s quality of life through a safer, more reliable transportation network.