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Whilst new cars, buses, and trains pop up every year, it has been a really long time since we have seen a true revolution in transit. Cars haven’t fundamentally changed since the age of muscle cars, and we’re still flying in 30 year old planes. It is only now that buses are slowly going green, and trains are starting to find a new gear. Needless to say, there is room for improvement on seemingly every front when it comes to getting from point a to point b, such as from airport to hotel. There are numerous projects on the go, and online travel company JustFly have highlighted some of the coolest transit trends in tech.
They have outlined three neat concepts that are making the rounds in the world of design and innovation.
Do you work in Silicon Valley or for a high-end tech company? Then you are probably working on some kind of autonomous car. It seems every day you see some new rumour about Google, Tesla, Apple, or Uber working on some weird concept car that drives itself. The fact is, unless the government outlaws them, self-driving cars seem to be an inevitability according to JustFly’s review. So what does this mean for the state of transit? Well, driving should become safer and carpooling may increase as people have free time behind the wheel. Although timelines are not public, it seems like self-driving cars may be here sooner than you think, especially as video after video of Google’s autonomous vehicle pops up online.
So, what does this mean for your travels? Well, driving in foreign countries can be stressful. Whether its new or different rules, having autonomous cars means you won’t need to worry about finding your bearings, driving illegally, or getting lost.
From four wheels to two, cycling has becoming an increasingly popular method of getting around major cities according to JustFly. Bike lanes on streets and dedicated bike paths are appearing more and more, yet there are some far more ambitious projects churning around in the minds of city planners.
One such plan is Velo-City. Originally conceived in the city of Toronto, Canada, Velo-City called for the creation of elevated tubes that were exclusively for cyclists. The design allowed for efficient cycling thanks to airflow that promoted expeditious travel. While the project never came to fruition, it has been floated in other cities as a way to promote cycling and increase the safety for riders who are routinely involved in skirmishes with vehicles and pedestrians.
Much like the autonomous car, having a bike path network like Velo-City will make visitors feel comfortable as they head out on their two-wheel journey away from cars, buses, and trucks.
The big pipe dream of 2016. Hyperloop is a new design that was first brought forth by tech evangelist Elon Musk. Envisioned as a high-speed transit system that would use depressurised tubes to launch capsules to insane speeds from point a to point b. A costly system, research and development has commenced on this project, with a test being run very recently.
While the concept is foreign in terms of what people are used to, Hyperloop is the kind of project that tries to smash the norms of public transit. While a successfully implemented Hyperloop network will have a huge impact on where people live and work, it will also open up high speed routes between cities. While it may reduce the number of weekend getaways to nearby cities, the fact is Hyperloop could create a new kind of “day tourism” where people in Toronto could have breakfast down the street, lunch in Montreal, and dinner in New York City.
The possibilities could be endless.
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