Urban digital twins are also a vital component of the metaverse, which aims to increase people’s actfulness
* and facilitate new businesses and services in the virtual sphere. Urban digital twins are soon to amass historical data as they see more use in simulation, real-world planning and operations, and collaboration across the real and virtual realms; this new data will then facilitate new structures for its management.
However, there are some hurdles facing the technology as well. First, understanding of the technology must be improved among stakeholders spanning industry, government, academia, and residents. Consensus for its use must also be built among the same cohort. Inter-regional collaboration proves just as difficult. And the same goes for fostering organizations and people able to develop, manage, and utilize the technology. The 3D urban models at the core require constant updating, and legal frameworks need to be created to govern activity and features†
within virtual spaces. All related parties will have to work together to address these issues one at a time.
New technologies are becoming ever more important for matters of urban management, such as securing physical mobility for the elderly in depopulated areas. These include mobile communications, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and self-driving vehicles. Such innovations are delivering tangible results: finding solutions to challenges facing society like how to deal with aging, low birth rates, and depopulation; providing people means to improve their actfulness; and creating opportunities for new businesses and services. Digital twin technology too stands among these ranks—future work should hone in on the advantages found in its 3D aspects to create, test, and spread convincing examples of its tangible capabilities.
We believe endeavors like these will help build a digital infrastructure for a new era in the near future.