Smart Street Solutions [Panasonic]
Panasonic is working on more a comfortable, convenient, and safe town development with its “Smart Street Solutions.” Panasonic is determined to use the elimination of utility poles as an opportunity to create a more convenient and safe city, together with Tokyo Electric Power Company. With the elimination of utility poles, ground equipment that stores the power distribution facilities will be installed in place of the utility poles. A variety of services and information can be provided by placing Panasonic signage, cameras as well as sensors on the ground equipment.
For example, in the event of a natural disaster, the signage on the ground equipment can be linked and lead those with difficulty returning home safely to the nearest evacuation area. By adding outdoor plugs in addition to charging for electric vehicles, the street can be used in a variety of ways, such as by street vendors and open cafes, and enliven the city. Also, when autonomous driving becomes widespread, linking autonomous vehicles and the ground equipment will hopefully provide a great leap forward in improving safety.