Monday, January 30, 2006

Transport vision of the Future

In a recent government sponsered report from the research think-tank Foresight, it looked at how the UK's transport infrastructure will be radically changed over the next 50 years by RFID tracking tags, embedded sensors and an artificial intelligence network that will reduce congestion and pollution. The Foresight report (which included contribution from John Urry, Director of CeMoRe at Lancaster University)looked at four possible transport scenarios for 2056 ranging from a return to an almost tribal agrarian existence, dominated by local communities and little travelling, to 'Minority Report-style' high-tech cities with driverless cars.

The report was discussed in a recent article in The Guardian.

See also the Intelligent Infrastructure Systems at Foresight

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