These immersive, virtual 3D models are helping plan the infrastructure of the future

It can be hard to remember the “before-times”—the relative normalcy that existed before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold. But even as supply chains strained, airport traffic shrunk, and public transit facilities and roads emptied, transportation technologists have been actively working on how businesses and society will reemerge as the pandemic is tamed.

Managers at the Port of Rotterdam, the largest seaport in Europe, are preparing for when autonomous vessels will pull in to load and unload containers filled with the goods many rely on every day. These crewless container ships will navigate its harbor, assuring safety through the efficient exchange of ship-to-shore data. Road engineers in New Zealand are predicting how quickly, or slowly, drivers might take that curve or open road, preventing their untimely undoing. Airports and railway station operators are telling travelers where they are within terminals and the best routes to get where they need to go without having to hunt for an information desk or static map with a “you are here” dot…………

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