Transportation of today noticeably evolved, compared to decades ago. Individuals travel by air, on water, on the ground, and even underground. However, with the technological progress
10. High-speed Alternative Energy Train
Most of the alternative energy methods sacrifice speed in detriment of the friendly environment fuel, but this is not the case with this project. Solar Bullet is a campaign that suggests a concept of a high-speed train fueled by alternative energy, running on the tracks equipped with solar panels. The tracks would produce up to 110 megawatts needed to power the train, which would ultimately connect Tucson and Phoenix for an estimated price of $27 billion.
9. Self-driving Cars
Even if the concept of self-driving cars reminds of an old sci-fi movie, developers, engineers, and even companies like Google, are testing them all over the world. The latest realistic projection is set for the year 2019. The principle is based on a complex system, which will incorporate the most sophisticated technologies available today, in order to create a fully functional, self-driving car that would improve the overall safety of the crew.
When an object is placed into water or any other liquid, it very soon becomes surrounded by little gas bubbles. This effect is called supercavitation. Scientists consider using it in developing future transportation methods. Due to the friction, significantly reduced by supercavitation, the object can travel much faster than the existing water transport. The concept is appealing for military purposes, considering the high speed of the object and its low chances of sonar detection.
The idea of ultra-fast public transportation is not only a dream but a real technology in the process of development. Hyperloop is a project funded by Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla Motors. Its main goal is to connect San Francisco and Los Angeles with a trip of around 30 minutes. Hyperloop is a steel tube with trains, traveling with the incredible speed of 760 mph, which recharges itself with renewable solar energy.
6. Vacuum Trains
The idea of magnetic levitation trains, implemented in China and Japan, has been in operation for several years already. Lifting a train with magnetic force to transport it with the speed of around 300 mph has not received worldwide appreciation. However, the newly proposed concept for one of the future transportation methods might. The Evacuated Tube Transport system suggests placing the maglev trains in evacuated tubes, which will increase their speed up to 4,039 mph. The tubes would be connecting the major cities of the world, to allow for significantly faster international travel.
5. Flying Cars
Flying cars, as seen in the movies, may not be so far in the future as it may seem. The scientists of Tel Aviv, Israel, set off on a project to build the means of public transportation that can fly due to magnetic levitation technology. The project received the name SkyTran. This public transportation will function as a taxi service: individuals will call a car to get them from one place to another. SkyTran’s CEO, Jerry Sanders, wants the service cost to be higher than that of buses, but lower than a taxi.
The U.S army first thought of jetpacks in 1940. Since then, there have been several unsuccessful attempts to transform the jetpack in a military asset. Today, a handful of passionate inventors and investors are trying to recreate the jetpack. A few companies already tried to improve the jetpack and make the prototype available on the market, but none of them succeeded. The closest organization to creating a completely functional jetpack is Martin Aircraft, who created a gasoline-fueled prototype with a parachute, which would be safe to use in reasonable weather.
3. Space Elevator
The space elevator represents a project first theorized about 100 years ago. The structure would be capable formed out of lightweight material that “connects” the surface of the Earth, a base station, with the orbit of the Earth (nearly 60.000 miles). Today, transporting something into outer space costs more than $20.000/kg. The purpose of the space elevator is to cut the costs of the cargo.
Skylon is one of the future transportation methods, promising fast and easy access to the outer space. Essentially, a plane’s goal is to travel five times faster than the speed of the sound, in order to break our planet’s orbit and go into outer space. However, the technology can also replace regular airplanes, making the trips significantly shorter. Imagine flying from the United Kingdom to Australia in three-four hours. Skylon could make it possible.
Seeming like a dream that appeared from the pages of fantasy novels, teleportation still is the most desirable, but impossible at this point transportation method. In the experiments of 2010 and 2012, Chinese physicists managed to transport a photon 10 and 60 miles, respectively. They discovered that when the photon is transported from point A to point B, the structure of the object can change, and the copy of an object will be created, having the original destroyed. This makes any experiments on solid or alive objects impossible until this downside is overcome, which might not happen anytime soon.