Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | April 7, 2015

Techie Corner – 2015 – Post #7 – Smart Sidewalks and Roads

Techie Corner – 2015 – Post #7 – Smart Sidewalks and Roads

Will smart sidewalks and roads be a mixed blessing?

My two cents, but please share yours:

Yes. Smart sidewalks and roads will have built-in electronics that show how far we’ve walked or display maps guiding us to our destination. These new pavements will also have heating and cooling units to keep us from slipping on black ice or burning our bare feet in the summer. Unfortunately, they will also have the same targeted advertisements we deal with on all of our social media sites.

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Responses

  1. Huh?

    • Hi David, Smart sidewalks and roads are near-future technology applications that are similar to companels (built-in flat-panel computer screens). Hopefully, they will include heating and cooling. I personally like the idea of heated sidewalks preventing ice and snow from building up. They’re safer. The built-in electronics could be helpful when one is lost or doesn’t have their GPS handy. However, just like our computers and smart-phones are loaded with annoying ads, smart sidewalks will probably have these as well. Cheers, Ashley


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