SuperBlocks vs. C-V2X: Systems thinking in City Streets
With the rise of car-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, the cities with these services are now looking for the next “big thing”. Through systems thinking, Ford has created a product called C-V2X which “will enable our cars and cities of the future to share fast, safe, and secure communications”. This product will enable an increase in traffic flow and will open up more curb space within cities. Since the product uses data to determine these functions and changes, there will not need to be a change in city infrastructure. This will also increase safety on the streets by allowing other vehicles know of certain hazards. Currently, the navigation company, Waze, does have similar features, but they are elementary compared to the data that this product will provide. On the other hand, systems thinking is being discussed in Barcelona through the idea of “superblocks”. This plan has a goal to reduce traffic, pollution, and noise by redesigning traffic flow and restricting certain vehicles in certain areas. While both of these ideas implement systems thinking and redesigns, they are completely different in regards to the process taken to get to the same shared goal. What do you think about these two ideas? Will they work? Is one idea more viable than another? Are these ideas feasible at all?