Autonomous vehicles are presently dominating the headlines with the likes of Google, Uber, and Tesla pushing to produce the first fully autonomous car. It is predicted that autonomous cars will be on our roads by 2022 with trials already being done around the World.
However autonomous vehicles are not just about being driverless, they can also provide key data authorities can use to ensure a city runs smoothly and efficiently. Autonomous cars and smart cities are intrinsically linked and will only truly achieve their full potential when they seamlessly interact. As cities need to use this real-time data to become truly smart, it creates its own challenges for sensor technologies and the interface between the autonomous vehicle and the smart world.
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