The world is changing quickly. Populations are rising, the climate is changing, and people need to be prepared for whatever the road has in store for them. Cities need to be able to support more traffic and to plan for severe weather to mitigate the impact that these changes and events will have on the general population. Fortunately, HERE has an answer. By giving policymakers access to mapping tools, HERE is allowing these people to make an informed decision based on live data. City Planners will be able to use this data to decide where certain improvements, such as parks, are most needed and will be able to see how increasing traffic impacts cities. Having this knowledge will allow them to better serve their constituents by making the best decisions regarding urban planning.
Many cities already suffer from extreme traffic congestion, and this is only projected to get worse in some regions of the country. As more and more people move to cities, the traffic problems increase. Policymakers who have access to mapping tools can look at real-time data and propose public works projects designed to accommodate the increase in traffic, thereby helping to reduce the impact that the new residents will have on the already overcrowded roads.
Cities and towns that are at risk for severe weather can benefit from these mapping tools as well. Policymakers can look across their cities and see data broken down by many different categories and demographics. They can then use this information to decide what kinds of improvement projects to undertake, as well as see what areas of the city are underserved. For example, a city that gets a lot of rain will require many “green spaces” to help soak up all of the rainfall. Policymakers can use HERE’s mapping tools to determine the best strategic location for a park, both to soak up the rain and to improve the areas of the community which are already at a higher risk for damage during the storm.
Policymakers with these mapping tools will be able to prepare cities for the challenges of the future. Cities will be able to be equipped for an influx of new residents and new drivers on the roads. Cities that are routinely subjected to severe weather will be able to mitigate the damage that the infrastructure and their residents suffer.