We live in an age of “smart” technology and for most of us, it is the new normal. But what if our roads and highways adopted “smart” technology?

Kansas City, Missouri, is now teaming up with startup Integrated Roadways to explore sensor-laden roads.

The idea is that by embedding roads with data-collecting sensors, the city can obtain information on usage, speeds, and vehicle weight, which can then guide maintenance efforts and transportation policy. This technology could also later assist with the navigation, communication, and power of self-driving cars.

I think this sounds pretty cool, but can only imagine how long it would take for this to hit our roadways…then again, Google will be here soon enough. What impact could something like this have on home prices? Could self-driving cars increase the appeal of suburban neighbourhoods?

Let me know your thoughts!

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