Rural areas are becoming more attractive as a result of the ever increasing property prices in cities. Independent initiatives are adding an urban touch to villages in the shape of pop-up services like cafés, restaurants, exhibitions, theatres and stores. Remote working, e-commerce and mobile local supplies are doing the rest. In future, autonomous vehicles will be used for work purposes in the “car office”.
Infrastructure projects like the hyperloop can help to significantly reduce the costs of passenger and freight transport, while autonomous drones and 3D printing will make journeys by car or truck unnecessary. In the meantime, digital workers travel to their workations or yoga retreats in the country. All this represents a creative way to fill the spaces in rural regions caused by urbanisation.