The short answer is, not really. Smart cities on Earth, the kind that you imagine, aren’t extant yet. However, they’re in development. Cities around the world are modernizing all the time to include technology in every facet of their existence. The trouble is that no one has actually defined the term “Smart City”. However, there are a few cities that are getting smarter by the day. So here are 5 of the best smart cities in the world.
Reykjavik’s smart city initiatives include a public transportation app for city buses and online consultation forums. Citizens can present their ideas for services and operations for the city. The city has also promoted environmental initiatives.
This may have been your first guess for the best smart city, however, it’s way down on the list. It’s the highest ranking in Asia though. Tokyo planned to use facial recognition technology to improve security during the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Driverless taxis were also planned for transportation for athletes and tourists.
Paris is currently developing a 127-mile automated metro line system called the Grand Paris Express. The city also aims to replace its entire 4,500-bus fleet of the transport system with electric or natural gas vehicles. By 2050, this implementation will have taken place.
London is the highest-ranking European city on the list and the second-best smart city. Its mobility, transportation, international outreach, economy, etc., are all managed to an extent through smart systems.
5. New York City
New York is the smartest city on Earth today. As part of its smart system, it has an automated meter reading of its water use each day. The city has a smart solar-powered bins system to monitor trash levels. This ensures that waste pick up is regular.
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