As cities around the world move into an era of Smart city planning and implementation, one of the key challenges is meeting the needs of an increasingly aging population. Currently 8.9% of the world’s population is aged 65 and over, a figure that is predicted to reach 16% by 2050. In areas such as mobility, healthcare and community services, technological innovation will play a pivotal role in upgrading homes and the urban environments in which an increasing elderly population will live.
InnoVEX, one of the feature events of Computex, hosts hundreds of startups from all around the world to showcase their unique innovations, and I was fortunate enough to be there. Specifically focusing on automotive and mobility, I attended the Audi Innovation Award.
The term ‘Smart City’ sounds like something plucked straight out of science fiction. But far from being a concept of the distant future, smart cities already exist today. In fact, Songdo, a newly developed city in South Korea was titled ‘the world’s first smart city’…
As we aspire towards the green, safe and agile smart cities of tomorrow, a more intelligent approach to transportation is required – one that crucially, demands radical improvement in passenger safety. All of which raises significant questions.
An efficient public transportation system is fundamental to the success of any major city, providing thousands or possibly millions of residents and commuters with the mobility they need to live and work in a bustling metropolis.