Written By: Dixie Somers for TWB
Levitating, traveling underwater, and outrunning planes are just of a few of the amazing things the world’s next generation of transportation will be expected to accomplish. In the early 1900s, automobiles were reserved for the wealthiest members of society, and now, just a century later, we are on the verge of the greatest transportation explosion in history that could revolutionize cities around the globe.
Cars that can operate without human interference will not only make highways and roads safer, but they will also take the strain out of commuting. Despite what critics say about autonomous cars, this emerging technology is here to stay. What it will mean for Uber and Lyft drivers (since both companies are planning to make use of the innovation) has yet to be revealed. What we do know is that driverless cars will reshape how we define transportation.
The fastest speeds were thought to be reserved for pilots and astronauts. Who would have thought the typical commuter could travel 1,200km per hour? Trips that would have normally taken hours will be reduced to minutes. The Hyperloop travels, while levitating, through low-pressure tubes that are propped several feet above the ground. The task of designing the Hyperloop has been outsourced to Universities, where students in civil engineering masters courses as well as graduates from other degree programs are discovering ways to ensure the safety of passengers while promising the greatest possible efficiency.
Solar Powered Vehicles
Driving a solar powered car may be a reminder of the way things were always meant to be. Imagine never having to pay for another gallon of gas. The concept is similar to that of electric cars, only you wouldn’t need costly resources, like direct current, since solar panels would convert energy from the sun into electricity.