What if... the public infrastructure became smart?: PH4-166/2016E-PDF

"The digitization of public infrastructure in Canadian cities could fundamentally change the ways in which we go about our daily lives. The technology supporting self-driving and autonomous personal vehicles is currently being transferred to buses used in public transit systems, and may be implemented on a large scale before self-driving cars. The bus stops could themselves be transformed – functionally and visually – to become WiFi and information hubs, such as the LinkNYC system, with highly interactive transit and city maps. The displays are likely to be proximity and voice activated, touchless and capable of answering complex questions and instructions. The transfer of directions from these hubs to a personal wearable device, such as a smart watch or augmented reality glasses, would be seamless due to an automatic wireless connection between the hub station and the personal electronics of the transit rider. When not in active use the displays could be used for targeted advertising, news feed displays or public announcements"--p. 3.

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Title What if... the public infrastructure became smart?
Publication Type Monograph
Language [English]
Other Language Editions [French]
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Note Issued also in French under title: Et si... les infrastructures publiques devenaient intelligentes? "Canada 2030 - Infrastructure." "Canada 2030 series"--Verso of cover.
Date c2017.
Number of Pages 4 p.
ISBN 978-0-660-05985-3
Catalogue Number
  • PH4-166/2016E-PDF
Subject Terms Community infrastructures, Urban communities, Technological innovation