The Line: The city without cars, without roads and without emissions

Saudi Arabia has unveiled the plans for the project The Line, a city of one million inhabitants with a length of 170 km that has preserved 95% of nature, with zero cars, zero roads and zero carbon emissions. The project, described as “A revolution in urban life, a project for how people and the planet can coexist in harmony”, it will be completely car and road free, with residents having access to nature and all their daily needs within five minutes on foot. Furthermore, the team behind the project says that the linear development of the hyper-connected neighborhoods with AI will be powered 100% by clean energy.

Located in Neom, a region of northwestern Saudi Arabia on the Red Sea that is being built from scratch as a “living laboratory” (we talked about it long ago), The Line was announced by Mohammed Bin Salman, crown prince and chairman of the board of directors of the Neom company: “Throughout history, cities have been built to protect their citizens. After the industrial revolution, cities gave priority to cars, automobiles and factories over people. In cities considered the most advanced in the world, people spend years of their lives commuting. By 2050, the duration of commuting will double. By 2050, one billion people will have to relocate due to rising CO2 emissions and sea levels. 90% of people breathe polluted air. Why should we sacrifice nature for the sake of development? Why should 7 million people die every year from pollution? Why should we lose a million people every year to road accidents? And why should we agree to waste years of our life commuting? Therefore, we must transform the concept of a conventional city into that of a futuristic city, designed around people, not streets ”.

Although walkability will define life a The Line, with all essential daily services within walking distance, ultra-high-speed transit and autonomous mobility solutions will make travel easier and give residents the opportunity to recover time to devote to wellness. No journey is expected to take more than 20 minutes. The neighborhoods will be powered by artificial intelligence that it will continually learn for “Make life easier” for both residents and businesses. It is estimated that 90% of available data will be exploited to improve infrastructure capacities from an environmental point of view.

The Line is hoped to create 380,000 new jobs, stimulate economic diversification and contribute $ 180 billion to national GDP by 2030. Construction of this innovative smart city is expected to start in the first quarter of this year. .

At this link a video presentation of the project


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