Bill Gates buys 25000 acres of land to build the 'smart city of the future' in Arizona designed around self-driving cars
14 November, 2017, 20:53
According to the reports, the smart city would be like any other city with an area of three thousand and eight hundred acres dedicated to the industrial, retail space and office use.
The $80 million (£61m) project is to be created by the computing giant's investment firm, Belmont Partners, on a 25,000 acre site at Tonopah, 45 minutes from the city of Phoenix. According to Belmont Partners, a real estate investment group based in Arizona, the goal is to turn the land into its own "smart city". Located in the far west valley, the piece of land is comprised of approximately 24,800 acres.
The area is now completely undeveloped-it's now desert wasteland - but the convenience of this is that everything can be built from scratch, and laid out in as convenient a fashion as possible, so that traffic can be carefully controlled, neighborhoods can be given plenty of space, and even crime can be kept low through city planning techniques to discourage untoward activity.
As per KPNX, in a press release the Belmont Partners said; it will be creating a community of future with an infrastructure and communication spine that rests on the cutting edge technology of future, equipped around high-speed digital networks, new distribution models and manufacturing technologies, data centres, autonomous vehicles, and also autonomous logistics hubs. The remaining land will hold 80,000 residences. The company said that the community is "comparable in square miles and projected population to Tempe, Arizona".
Meanwhile, Arizona has a reputation as being a technology-friendly state. Alphabet's autonomous auto company, Waymo announced plans to test a fleet of its driverless vehicles in Phoenix last week. In an interview, Schott described the land as a "good spot", particularly as the proposed l-11 freeway is due to run right through it on its way to Reno, Neveda.
The ex-CEO of Microsoft recently slipped from the place of the world's richest man, but still, his wealth is beyond the imagination of most of us.
If you want to take up residency at Bill Gates' connected city of Belmont, you're going to have to wait.
Few details have as yet been revealed about when construction on Belmont will begin - or who is likely to live in the city.
Paul Babeu, former sheriff of Arizona's Pinal County, tweeted: "The Jetsons come to Arizona".