During this year’s South by South West (SXSW) at Civic I/O in Austin, Texas, over 20 Mayors from all over the United States gathered to discuss the future of city planning with VR. Vive partnered with Salesforce to create the app Connected Cities, which uses VR for design and planning purposes as well as for operationalizing city management and analyzing the current state of the community.
With Connected Cities, the Mayors were shown an accurate 3D map of San Francisco that they could explore. The app got great feedback, with a Mayor Steve Adler from Austin stating that he even though he’s seen thousands of topography maps of Austin, he felt like he was more familiar with the topography of San Francisco than that of Austin after he used the program. Adler stated that he was extremely interested in using Connected Cities for Austin.
“With Connected Cities you’re able to actually walk around and see these complex data sets and navigate cities and actually interact with them,” said JB McRee, Senior Manager, Product Marketing at HTC Vive.
“I was expected something pretty amazing, but I was blown away by what I just saw,” said Christopher Cabaldon, Mayor of West Sacramento, CA. With rave reviews, we think it’s safe to say Connected Cities was well received by the 20 plus mayors. We’d be willing to bet that this city planning product will have quite a bit of demand in the near future.