Emerging Technologies

Technology has shaped our lives in ways we could never have anticipated, allowing us to be more connected and productive, and bringing with it the potential to change the way we live, work, and play. The growing use of smart phones, GPS, and real-time information has made us more interconnected than ever.

We can’t know exactly how new technologies may change our world in the future. But we can already see some technologies emerging on the horizon. Some of them have the potential to help us get more out of our existing infrastructure, improve safety, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Here are just a few examples of emerging technologies that we may benefit from:

  • Autonomous and Connected Vehicles: Vehicles partially or fully automated to navigate with less human input, improving roadway performance and safety
  • Variable Speed Limits on Freeway Network: Speed limits vary in real time to respond to congestion levels and road conditions to maintain smooth and consistent traffic flow
  • Enhanced Virtual Office/TeleworkEver increasing technologies allowing people more freedom to work remotely, eliminating commutes
  • Real-Time Traveler Information via Personal Devices: Provide real-time traveler and parking information, available on-the-fly, to influence how people choose to get around, what route they take, and when they travel
  • Solar Freeways and Parking Lots:  Road surfaces and parking lots equipped to generate solar power

San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan will explore emerging technologies that could be implemented in our region to help us get the most out of our infrastructure investments, improve our quality of life, and reduce our impact on the environment.