Okay, it’s not quite hover cars, teleportation or time travel, but we’ve another sign of very slowly moving towards a sexy sci-fi future.
Westminster Council is set to replace all 14,000 of its streetlights with shiny new “smart” lights. Excited? Not nearly excited enough.
What makes the streetlights “smart”? Well, they’ll automatically be able to notify the council if they’re in need of servicing or repair.
And why the fug am I writing about streetlights on Mobot? Because Westminster Council engineers will be armed with iPads, with which they can monitor lights in need attention, and – better still – control their brightness.
The smart streetlight scheme will initially cost £3.25 million, but will ultimately save the taxpayer £420,000 a year.
"This provides people in Westminster with the light they require to feel secure and continue to function safely in a 24-hour city," beamed councillor Ed Argar.
“It also will reduce our energy bill by nearly £1 million every two years- a huge saving that we can pass on to the taxpayer.”
When I grow up, I want to be a Westminster Council streetlight engineer.