The Internet of Things is about to change the way that we live, work and connect with the world. It’s been dubbed as the biggest revolution of our lifetime. And it’s about to turn our homes, business buildings, cars, public transport, towns and cities into ‘smart’ adaptations of their former designs.

In other words, ‘dumb’ things such as a kettle that just simply boils water or a fridge that just simply keeps your milk cold will have additional functions. Smart functions. Intelligent functions that give them an added purpose. The smart home of the future may have a fridge that can automatically order your liquid consumptions (such as milk or orange juice) every time you run out. It may have central heating that can adapt to the weather outside. Or it may even be able to interact with its owners, so lighting and heating can be completely voice-activated.

These are just a few things that will today’s towns and cities into smart ones. So what will the city of the future look like? And when can we expect smart technology to be commonplace in our homes and office buildings?

What Will a Smart City Look Like?

This superb infographic provides an indication of exactly what we can expect in the coming decades. Starting with insight on what will happen in as soon as two years. Simply enter your age into box and press ‘enter’ to see the smart city advancements that will likely take place in your lifetime.

(Image: Smart City of the Future Infographic)

According to the data in the infographic, almost 43% of people will be using smart heating systems by 2019, in under 2 years’ time. And by 2050? Just 30 years after that? Well, A.I enabled ‘living’ buildings that are configured by robots and can talk to us, automatically respond to climatic changes, and generate more resources than they actually consume…..could be the norm.

City Transport of the Future

By 2023, taxi company Uber aims to be launching its on-demand flying electric car service. The company hopes to fully test their network by 2020 in Dallas (US) and Dubai (UAE), with a view to be ready to take paying customers just three years following.

The electric vehicles will be designed in a similar way to a helicopter, taking off and landing vertically. It will have zero emissions and produce minimal noise, ensuring that we reduce our carbon footprint whilst also tackling the problems of noise pollution in our cities.

In addition to Uber’s flying taxis making public transport more efficient and environmentally friendly, transport systems will be enhanced by connected streets. Everything from street lights and traffic lights will be hooked up to the internet, streaming data between millions of devices. This will allow cities to improve services such as traffic management, street lighting, air quality, parking and road safety.

By 2050, delivery and logistics vehicles, such as cars, lorries and motorbikes, could also be replaced by drones. So you could be enjoying fast food dropped off by a flying drone in the sky, or receiving parcels from a machine instead of a human courier. 

Published by Arina Smith