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Music City Smart Public Transit

The success of future cities will be built upon transportation system that are smart, inclusive and sustainable.

Client: Nashville, TN
smart city

Music City


We at Nonfiction are focused on designing for a better future.

Smart cities will lead the way to a future that is built on equality and
sustainability. One that is centered around the well-being of residents, and
fosters pleasure in their daily lives.

To reach the full potential of future cities, we need a mobility system that
empowers people to interact with all aspects of their urban environment.

To show you what this future might look like,
we've designed the Nashville of tomorrow.

Nashville is a dynamic and fast
growing city that draws visitors from
all over the world to imbibe in its
musical legacy and cultural richness.

As such, Lisa and Tony are hyperlooping from
Washington, DC for an extended weekend to celebrate
Tony's birthday in style.

They will use Nashville's smart systems to navigate the
city seamlessly, from the revitalized transit center to the
many iconic places including their very own home base
for the weekend – the luxurious Hermitage Hotel.
Day 1
1:00 pm

The GoNashville app – a gateway
to planning a seamless and
exciting weekend away.

The Hermitage Hotel cleverly added a link to the GoNashville app in confirmation email. This helps their visitors with events, intuitive planning and mobility about the city.

Tony and Lisa use the app's AR wayfinding feature to guide them to their reserved seats on the Hyperloop.

By answering a few questions, the AI quickly learns their preferences and makes tailored recommendations. In no time, Tony and Lisa have an itinerary that the app will use to find the best transportation options, tickets, and reservations throughout their Nashville weekend.
Day 1
4:30 pm

Lisa and Tony arrive via Hyperloop to a revisioned
Transit Station – a central hub for the city's
connected community.

Tony and Lisa step off the hyperloop to notice an open and inviting scene laden with wooden accents reminiscent of the Nashville they've seen in pictures.
People wait for trains around the tree-like columns as displays of local city representatives welcome tourists to Music City.
Presented with a variety of food truck options, Lisa and Tony choose Nashville's legendary Prince's Hot Chicken Shack to kick things off.

With food in hand, they follow the sounds of local live music to the river below. The are is designed for group events with plenty of seating. The couple sits down for lunch, delighted with the sweeping panoramic views of the Cumberland River and the sounds of local music.
Day 1
5:30 pm

Plan, Pay and Go on the GoNashville app makes getting to their hotel as easy as Chess pie.

Because the app is connected to all mobility options, it allows them to simply plan, pay, and go - from the first mile to the last - according to her needs.
Day 1
9:00 pm
After a quick refresh at the hotel, Lisa and Tony are ready to get into the thick of things. They decide on checking out The Second Fiddle on Nashville’s famous downtown Music Row.

Quick nav on the GoNashville app shares their options for getting there. They can walk for eight minutes or ride electric scooters for
three. They decide to ride to the bar for fun.
Day 2
12:30 pm

Tony and Lisa's private AEV is the perfect
end to a fun evening.

The Second Fiddle doesn't dissappoint. After some drinks and dancing,
Tony and Lisa decide to call it a night. It is late, and they prefer to get a
ride back to the hotel.

Opening up his GoNashville app, Tony requests a private vehicle to take
them to their hotel. The autonomous electric vehicle (AEV) arrives
promptly. Using analytics it avoids congestion and fosters greater
customer satisfaction. The color code in the app syncs with lights on the
AEV, making it easy to find on busy streets.
Day 2
11:30 pm

Reserving seats with the GoNashville app ensures stress free boarding during peak travel times.

Lisa's Aunt Maria lives in Nashville. And today, the couple plans to meet her at Radnor Lake State Park. Traveling during a peak travel time is stress free with the GoNashville app. For a small additional fee on they use it to reserve seats on the #7 bus.

Lisa and Tony casually take in the sights of the city on their way to the bust stop, knowing that their seats will be there waiting when they arrive. They use their phones to see the AR arrows guiding them out of the hotel, down the sidewalk, and to the bus stop.

Once on the bus, they find their faces displayed on their head rests.
As they ride, they notice this is a bus like no other. It doesn't feel public, or cold. The interior smells fresh due to the green wall filtration. This is cutting edge technology that naturally filters out impurities while contributing to the riders' mental health and well- being.

The windows are different too. They're embedded with AR technology, to show passengers points of interest.
Whether local landmarks or cleverly curated small business advertisements, Nashville clearly takes pride in their community.