One of the little pleasure you get working in emerging technology is occasionally coming across news and academic articles specifically addressing the potential of application of emerging technology in your field. In Snobal's case this is the use of artificial intelligence (AI) assisted virtual reality (VR) for planning, design, stakeholder engagement and maintenance in engineering, infrastructure and smart cities. [su_spacer] The writer(s) often outlines in detail their thoughts and ideas around how VR could be applied and how they envisage the emerging technology offering value, cost effectiveness and a more productive solution. And you find yourself nodding excitedly. [su_spacer] Today that article was a journal article called Investigating the Role of Virtual Reality in Planning for Sustainable Smart Cities that appeared in the journal Sustainability. And the writers are academic researchers from our home town - Melbourne! [su_spacer] Below we've done up an info-graphic of our key takeaways from the journal article written by researchers at Deakin University, Victoria University and Swinburne University of Technology. [su_spacer] You can also download and read the full article here. The takeaways from the journal article outlined above reflect in some way our anecdotal research findings and understanding on the capacity of VR as applied to smart cities. Mind you the article does not address the capacity of AI assisted VR to meet challenges in smart cities or explore its potential in remote monitoring or predictive maintenance but perhaps next time!