The urban landscape is going to undergo multiple technological changes over the next few decades. New York Times staffer Quentin Hardy reports on the changes that are coming in multiple areas including transportation and energy.
These coming changes will make it easier for the big city to monitor you but fear not: they all have the goal of making life easier. One of the biggest changes sure to affect cities in this new digital era is how parking will evolve with the proliferation of drone delivery and self-driving cars:
“Office complexes won’t need parking lots with twice the footprint of their buildings,” said Sebastian Thrun, who led Google’s self-driving car project in its early days and now runs Udacity, an online learning company. “When we started on self-driving cars, we talked all the time about cutting the number of cars in a city by a factor of three,” or a two-thirds reduction.