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Weaving together the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), the Internet of Things (IoT), geopositioning, machine learning and more, the cities of the future will be interconnected in ways only science fiction writers have previously imagined. All our appliances will know our habits and tendencies and will automate the drudgery of day-to-day living. Our trips outdoors will be guided and routed to ensure an efficient path. Anywhere we go—schools, hospitals, airports and grocery stores—will be a smart facility as well, with streamlined and convenient experiences.

So, what does all this mean for the minutiae of day-to-day life, such as the details of just getting from place to place? Many believe smart cities will feature expanded public transit options. While that may be true, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that people in North America continue to value their cars—with car ownership skyrocketing during the pandemic.

As public transit expands and cities begin to prioritize green initiatives, many public parking spaces and lots may be removed, creating a scarcity of parking spaces for those who choose to drive—and looking for parking spaces in crowded downtown is never fun at the best of times.