Toshiba’s “Smart Community” Vision Explored In New Videos

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Toshiba’s “Smart Community” — which is a next-generation community where optimized management and control of infrastructure creates a more resilient smart grid that is favorable to humans and the environment.

In particular, the video just below (from Toshiba’s Smart Community site) — which highlights how electric buses can change a city for the better — focuses on the ability of technological changes to reduce human exposure pollution, and possibly to the effects of unmitigated climate change.

Recent information sent to CleanTechnica provides a bit more information on the video:

This recently released video highlights Toshiba’s vision of how electric buses can transform a city. Using their Battery Energy Storage Solutions with SCiB, Toshiba has pioneered a rechargeable battery used for super quick charging. In extensive 2014 demonstration experiments in Tokyo, the electric bus proved to be nimble and responsive in heavily-trafficked urban communities. We expect high demand for electric buses on a global scale. And in places with chronic traffic congestion or within airport terminals, the electric bus can solve problems while reducing carbon emissions and making the air safer for people and the environment.

You’ll get no argument from me there — electric buses have a great deal of upside as compared to conventional gasoline or diesel-powered buses. They’re one of the best examples of the possibility of technological changes reducing human exposure to pollution.

That’s not to say that their manufacture (particular with regard to batteries) is without environmental costs. There are costs. It’s just that as compared to conventional buses, they really are “better” across a wide variety of parameters.

After all, does anyone actually enjoy breathing diesel exhaust in cities? (Especially considering that diesel pollution is responsible for a wide variety of health issues in humans, and is partly responsible for the decline of bumblebee numbers, amongst other things.)

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