The most popular game on the market is Pokemon Go – a game created by Niantic. It’s an augmented reality game that requires the player to move around their town to enhance the gaming experience. One county has decided to issue permits for such games – Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. They passed an ordinace requiring companies to get a permit before locating virtual creations in their town. It would cost between $100 and $1,000 for Niantic to place Pokestops inside public parks. The state of Illinois is also considering land use permits for AR/VR games.
Source: Venture Beat
This could be an opportunity for local governments that have land but have no use for it. Creating a virtual playground could bring in some revenue. The space could be considered a natural resource. It would be one step below a testing ground.
Virtual gaming is just the beginning. Autonomous technology is also taking over land.
Large stretches of highways are expected to be used to test autonomous cars. For example, I-95 near Baltimore might be used as a testing ground for driverless cars in 2018. According to the Baltimore Sun, the testing would expand to U.S. 1, U.S. 40, the Intercounty Connector, facilities at the port of Baltimore, and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. The I-95 testing ground runs from College Park to Aberdeen.