There isn’t much else to see right now at Pena Station Next, the connected neighborhood where autonomous shuttles will one day transport residents to the nearby RTD rail stop, shops and restaurants.
But at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Panasonic, a partner in Denver’s smart city project, gave attendees a closer look at what may come. Some technologies are still in development but others, like the bus shelter, will be “much more robust,” said George Karayannis, vice president of CityNow, Panasonic’s smart-city arm.
Located south of Denver International Airport, the futuristic neighborhood began getting smart LED street lights last month. A parking area covered with solar panels plus a storage microgrid is almost done. And the building on the site, the Technology and Operations Center division of Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Co., is open for business.Karayannis said the plan is to add a blanket of Wi-Fi coverage by spring, followed by smart parking and the smart bus stop in summer. The first EasyMile EZ10 autonomous shuttles are expected to arrive next month.
Panasonic chose Denver for its smart city in order to create a smart city lab and test different technologies. Here are a few future technologies spotted at Panasonic’s CES booth that may show up in Pena Station Next.
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