Chinese city tracks every citizen to optimize living

Oct 28, 2017, 5:11 AM EDT
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(Source: xiquinhosilva/flickr)

The city of Hangzhou in China is experimenting with the idea of tracking every citizen and coupling the data with augmented reality to optimize urban living.

The results of the trial have been encouraging with traffic congestion going down, accidents being detected and responded to automatically and faster, and road blockages and rule violations being handled more efficiently, notes New Scientist.

The City Brain project by Chinese e-commerce giant is about “comprehensive cognition,” and the company plans to introduce to other parts of the country as well as across the world. China has taken huge strides towards building “smart cities,” which could hit 500 mark by the end of 2017, writes China Daily