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VIDEO: Smart city takeaways from CES 2020

In partnership with SmartCitiesWorld, Diana Blass from Kurrant Insights rounds up the top smart city takeaways from this week’s CES event in Las Vegas.

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Mobility continues to be a big focus, from automated shuttles on the street to electric taxis in the sky.

 

One question is what it takes to integrate new technology like this with ageing infrastructure.

 

Ray LaHood, former Secretary for the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), shared some ideas and examples: “We took the vision that was created in the country by the mayors and governors and created some programmes in DOT, such as the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan programme, which would loan money to cities, then marry that up with private money to improve infrastructure.”

 

Toyota’s Woven City

 

One place ageing infrastructure won’t be a problem is Toyota’s new Woven City in Japan.

 

A Toyota spokesperson said: “We have created a city that will be breaking ground in Japan in 2021. It’s all about automotive being underground and everyone living and working above ground.”

 

Seoul

 

We also caught up with the City of Seoul, which was showcasing 20 start-ups – a key investment area for the municipality including Cube AI, which provides automated valet parking systems.

 

Another cornerstone of Seoul’s smart city approach is its intelligent city platform, which offers a real-time view of city services.

 

 

Another cornerstone of Seoul’s smart city approach is its intelligent city platform, which offers a real-time view of city services.

 

The visual platform was created at the order of Seoul’s mayor so he can stay updated with the latest statistics and take immediate actions where necessary. It has been credited with helping the mayor reduce a significant amount of deficit.

 

Watch the full video for more smart city insights from CES 2020.

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