The world’s cities and their populations are growing at an unprecedented rate. The United Nations predicts that by 2050, 66 percent of the world’s population will live in urbanized areas, compared to just a third in 1950. As these cities sprawl upwards and outwards—becoming smarter and hyper-connected—it’s more important than ever to ensure that they are inclusive and accessible for all citizens.
Mobility is essential for that inclusivity. Cities can be daunting places to navigate for anyone, but can be near-impossible for those with hearing or sight impairments, as well as citizens with restricted mobility. But with the development of so-called “smart cities”—urban zones teeming with internet-connected sensors and artificial intelligence—technological breakthroughs spearheaded by Silicon Valley giants and citizen-first organizations can enable city planners to deploy mobility projects powered by technology that understand how to help all humans.
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