At a recent Further With Ford event their futurist, Sheryl Connelly, talked about the growth of our world’s mega-cities. She used Beijing China as an example. Beijing has 20 million people living in its metropolitan area. A typical driving commute is 5 hours! They have one highway with 50 lanes. This 50 lane highway experienced a traffic jam that lasted for TWELVE DAYS!
Ford’s research confirms how mega-cities and urbanization are reshaping the 21st century:
- There are 25 mega-cities today with populations of at least 10 million people
- 20 of these 25 mega-cities are located in developing countries
- 67% of the US population and 54% of the world’s population are projected to live in cities.
- Over the next few decades the number of mega-cities will DOUBLE to 50 cities
What these mega-cities have in common is unsustainable levels of pollution, landfill waste and congestion. Their success will choke on this lack of sustainability. Recognizing this as opportunity, companies from Ford to Uber to Google are driving an urban technology revolution. Continue reading