The autonomous smart building is the secret sauce for building a smart city. Autonomous smart buildings are the strategic chess pieces that form the foundation of our truly smart cities. We need to look at the complete city chessboard and its moving pieces and explore how our buildings fit into the smart city. We need to understand the cities’ climate emergency plan, city data plans, shared cybersecurity infrastructure, etc. We need to understand our next move while adding our buildings to the list of things amassing mobility data and determining how our rapidly evolving smart building data best fit into this movement.