Discovery of automobiles has been revolutionary in the history of transport systems. Bus, Cars and Train have been major transportation until the twentieth century, but it’s time to call them old transport system and look forward to more faster, safer, clean and future transport systems. Now, transportation industry will take a leap with some scientific breakthrough like magnetic levitation, Jetpacks, driverless vehicle etc. Yes! The transportation of the future could be here sooner than you believe.
Here are 5 future transportations that we can’t wait for:
Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla Motors, Space X and Paypal is now revolutionizing public transport systems. He recently unveiled his concept for an extremely-rapid, city-to-city transport system that could get you from San Francisco to Los Angeles in only 35 minutes. Hyperloop is an elevated steel tube containing aluminium capsules that will be able to travel at speeds over 1200 kilometres in line with an hour (760 mph). It will ferry automobiles in addition to people. Oh, and it would be all be powered by solar energy!!
Hyperloop is the promising idea but the essential disadvantage is its cost. Musk estimates that Hyperloop could fee $70 billion just to start the project. The total project cost could $100 billion. So, the idea for Hyperloop has been criticized. Many complain that the device is just too costly, too impractical, and even too slow.
2.Martin Jet Pack
Glenn Martin, from New Zealand, has been working for more than 30 years to bring Jet Pack for commercial sales.This is possibly the only practical JetPack to the current date. It is powered by ducted fans and can fly up to 30 minutes at a time. It can reach up to 900 meters high and maintain the speed up to 74 km/h. This kind of transport system will help largely for firefighters and emergency teams. However, no doubt rapid scientific breakthroughs and discoveries JetPack will be more reliable and viable to the public in future.
SkyTran is high speed, low cost, elevated Personal Rapid Transportation (PRT )system. The skyTran network of computer-controlled, 2-person “jet-like” vehicles employs unique, state-of-the-art, SkyTran Magnetic Levitation (STML) technology. SkyTran moves passengers in a fast, safe, green, and economical manner. SkyTran Inc. headquartered at NASA Research Park, near mountain view, California has partnered with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), a company headquartered in Lod, Israel for the construction of SkyTran Technology Demonstration Site (TDS) on the grounds of IAS corporate campus.
On 26 September 2017, Dubai tested a drone taxi with the plan to make this viable to public transportation. On the day BBC reported that the two-seater, 18 rotors unmanned vehicle took off for five minutes flight above a strip of sand on the Gulf coast. The flight was watched by Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed.
5.Self Driving Cars
Waymo is way ahead than we believe to bring driverless cars in the market . They are working towards fully self –driving cars that make it safe and easy for everyone to get around. They started at Google in 2009 and have become Waymo in 2016. Self -driving cars will help us get around easily and safely, without the tired, drunk or distracted driver.
Prakash Acharya is an entrepreneur from Nepal, passionately working to substitute fossil fuels with clean energy technologies. He co-founds Mukti Energy, a solar energy company providing a one-stop solution in the sector. He is also a big believer in change so he advocates and works for creating impact in society. His topics of interest spans from sustainability, zero energy, poverty reduction, sociology to smart city. He graduated from Institute of Engineering, Thapathali Campus on Industrial engineering. He is also a former assistant lecturer in IOE, Thapathali . Prakash is a fellow for Social Entrepreneurship Outreach Program 2014, Social Entrepreneurship Forum Sweden.