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By Jon Salisbury

At Smart Cities Week D.C., experts discuss connectivity — and beyond

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Cities are expected to see enormous growth in the coming decades, and local, state and federal officials are hoping that technology can help mitigate some of the issues that will come along with that growth. But they also recognize that technology can bring its own unintended complications, as explored by speakers at this week’s Smart Cities Week event in Washington, D.C.

Autonomous vehicles, for instance, are an area of intense research focus for tech companies and automobile manufacturers, with much positive potential for improved traffic safety and efficiency. But they have potential downsides for cities who will have to deal with such vehicle’s impact on their infrastructure needs and changing human behavior — potentially changing the design of cities.

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