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Transportation and energy

In the future, we'll travel in driverless cars that communicate securely with each other on smart roads and in planes that coordinate to reduce delays. Drones will check infrastructure for damage and deliver Wi-Fi access to disaster zones. Homes and offices will be powered by a smart grid that is user-aware and will use sensors to analyze the environment and optimize lighting, heating and cooling.



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Health care and medicine

Cyber-physical systems are poised to transform the delivery of health care enabling smart medical treatments and services. Sensors in the home will detect changing health conditions; new operating systems will make personalized medical devices interoperable; and robotic surgery and bionic limbs will help heal and restore movement to the injured and disabled and one day even augment human abilities.



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Environment and sustainability

Cyber-physical systems are increasingly used to promote sustainability. Cyber-physical systems are helping firefighters detect and deter fires, improving agricultural practices and enabling scientists to mitigate underwater oil spills. Advances in cyber-physical systems will enable capability, adaptability, scalability, resiliency, safety, security and usability that will far exceed the simple embedded systems of today.

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