Transportation is the lifeblood of a city; for a successful metropolis, having the infrastructure in place to support public or private transportation is an absolute necessity. It’s also a critical part of allowing for the transit of merchandise and is a massive part of what makes a functioning economy. Transportation is going through huge changes though, prompted by technological developments that are rapidly taking place. We have already seen some significant changes in transportation in just the past 5 years–look at services like Uber or Lyft, for example–but how will transportation continue to change in the near future?
We have talked before about what smart cars may mean for transportation security, but autonomous hands-free and feet-free driving vehicles, such as Tesla’s “Autopilot” or GM’s “Super Cruise,” will be available sooner than you may think. Prices of these technologies have been cut dramatically from when they were first introduced, so while smart cars do offer security challenges that must be addressed, being able to utilize autonomous vehicles in the near future is still an exciting prospect.
The hyperloop is a proposed method of passenger and/or freight transportation that utilizes a vacuum sealed tube and a pod that would travel through it. If it functions as proposed, the Hyperloop would travel around 600mph, which is considerably faster than traditional trains. The technology has started to be developed by a variety of startup companies, including Hyperloop One who have had multiple successful test launches.
Electric drivetrains are more powerful, efficient, and compact than fossil-fueled alternatives. They also produce no local air emissions. This allows for a unique combination of performance and efficiency, which is a big deal for transportation. It also means huge changes to how cars may look in the future, requiring us to be even more vigilant in scanning the undercarriage of vehicles for safety purposes.
Collaborative Car Use
It has become typical for millennials to purchase far fewer road vehicles than older generations. This has led to collaborative car use, not only through ridesharing services like Uber or Lyft, but also vehicle sharing services like Zipcar. Services like these are great for getting people around, however it does make identifying the driver of a vehicle more difficult than ever. Luckily, technology has already developed in response, and there are things like the DriverCam to help keep drivers identifiable and responsible.
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