The emergence of smart cities holds great propensity for the economy and citizens. Smart and sustainable cities are data driven and rely heavily on the Internet of Things (IoT) to connect the unconnected.
Recently, the industry has heard a lot of buzz around the idea of Artificial Intelligence (AI). This concept is the theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human brain-power. The advancement of AI is thought to be more important than the Industrial Revolution.
When it comes to transforming an average city to a ‘connected’ city, power, agriculture, and transportation are the areas where AI can be best utilized. AMAP, which is China’s largest online map and navigation service provider, will adopt AI technology in public transportation services to offer users real-time bus locations and smart route options to avoid congestion on city streets. This not only aids in traffic congestion with improved public transportation, but also provides sustainability and less environmental impact with significantly fewer cars on the road.
Alongside streamlined bus transportation, we are also seeing AI within automobiles. Volvo will put 100 self-driving cars on the streets of Gothenburg, Sweden. They will be allowed to operate on full autonomous mode on highways and have the ability to self-park, letting the driver walk away at the parking entrance and leave the vehicle to find a vacant spot to park itself. Singapore in 2018 plans to introduce self-driving taxis and the Japanese say the 2020 summer Olympics in Tokyo will be the stage for rolling out their version of the robo-cab along with other eye-catching consumer robotics.
Additionally, there is an opportunity for AI to assist in the agricultural industry and maximize crop yields. In this instance, the farmer would send up a drone to map the field. Infra-red detectors would then provide data on the condition of the crop. The computer would create a plan of action down to the individual plant, providing exact measures of water, fertilizer, etc. to be delivered to each plant via drone.
We can only hope new and better jobs will emerge as an interface between people and computers. One thing is certain – the electronic component market is growing exponentially as AI technology is emerging. At Advanced MP Technology, we keep a close look at the emerging trends within the electronic and semiconductor industry to comply with market demands and better serve our customers.