The Smart Cities Council defines the smart city as “one that has digital technology embedded across all city functions.” While easy to digest, this definition isn’t complete; technology is just one of the means through which we build smart cities, and it’s not their raison d’être. So then what is a smart city? What makes one actually “smart”?

The purpose of the smart city Testosterone Base is sustainability—environmental, economic and cultural. Stealing my favorite description of sustainability , a new definition: Smart Cities “are [urban] developments that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

3 Things you will see in smart city:

1. Smart Transportation

You have probably seen a lot of companies create vehicles that they believe will play a major role in the coming age of the smart city.

From Toyota to Renault, these companies have showcased fully autonomous vehicles, cars capable of understanding their surrounding environment to make decisions.    You might not ever drive in the smart city. You will step into a smart vehicle that communicates with the other surrounding vehicles to ensure that you get from point A to point B both as quickly as possible and as efficiently as possible.

2. Smart System

The devices that bring everything together; the data from the people, infrastructure, vehicles, etc. are what will help bring the smart city into fruition.

Though there is some controversy behind it, properly integrating IoT the daily life of citizens will ensure city life is at its highest quality.

Scott Allen, CMO of FreeWave Technologies “a wide range of reporting devices such as sensors, visibility devices and other endpoints that create the data that makes a smart city work.”

3. Smart Energy

The idea of having a zero emission city is not too far away from becoming reality. The future smart city will include a host of clean energy sources to power its city. Energy in smart cities is efficient, using less energy because of the constant real-time data collection and analysis.

These “smart grids” will constantly communicate with itself, sending energy to areas in the city that may need even more power, while conserving energy in places of the city that might not need it.

Solar and wind energy could be collected throughout the day and sent to the appropriate area. Solar energy itself will be as common as ever, fully integrated into the roads, buildings and residential areas.

Further developments in smart grid technology, as well as clean energy solution conservation, will help bring the smart city into actualization.