"The mayor and I are clear that digital technology and data have a vital role to play in the future of our public services, in energy, water, safety, transport and city infrastructure. And our progress in these areas, supported by an exceptional talent pool, will create opportunities for all Londoners and realise our ambition to becoming a truly smart city."Singapore, where the first ever driverless taxis took to the roads this summer, is a rival smart city hub while Barcelona ranks second to it according to analysts at Juniper Research. London is ranked third ahead of San Francisco and Oslo. Read more: What Brexit? UK startup funding has bucked a global slowdown The market for smart cities is estimated to be worth £8bn by 2020, wth around half of that coming from five particular sectors – energy, waste, water, transport and health – as the population of the capital rockets, according to research from Arup and City Hall.
The trade mission follows several tech companies being invited on Prime Minster Theresa May's first trade trip to India last week. Several up-and-coming forms also headed across the pond in September to strengthen trade ties in the wake of the vote to leave the EU.
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