What You Need to Know About the Future of Transportation

By: Kassidy Coleman

Whether or not you’ve realized it, there is a transportation revolution going on right now. From cars that drive themselves to supersonic travel, we have definitely been seeing more futuristic transportation methods being tested this year. But just in case you haven’t been paying attention, here’s a little bit about what’s been going on in the world of transportation.

 

  1. Super Sonic Travel

Hyperloop-esc_2640932bThe Hyperloop system has promised super fast, efficient transportation by eliminating the barriers of time and distance. The main company working on the full-scale Hyperloop system, Hyperloop One, has been working on the project since 2013.  Well, the concept has been around since 2013…they only finally got to start testing it this year. You can see it being tested out here. In early May, the startup announced the project has raised $100 million. The plan is that one day this 5th form of transport will be able someday transport both cargo and people in a tunnel at the speed of sound (roughly 750 miles per hour). It is looking like this will one day be considered a normal form of transportation, although it is still in a testing and development stage. Hyperloop hopes that one day you will be able to travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles in only 30 minutes. Not only is it super-fast, but it wouldn’t crash, due to it running on computer programs that would completely eliminate human error.

 

2. Cars that Drive Themselves

(Photo source: Google/YouTube)

We’re expecting Google’s self-driving cars to be available relatively soon. Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt recently stated that it’s hard to know when these cars will be available, but mostly due to having to get them regulated, not because we don’t have the technology. He expects the technology to be ready in years, not decades. Google has been working on the driverless car project for over seven years and has made tremendous progress since the project first started. As of March 2016, these self-driving cars have driven over 1,498,214 miles. The driverless cars obey the speed limit, maintain their distance from other vehicles, and they have even learned when and how to honk. There are still some concerns about these cars getting into a few accidents, obviously there are a few things to kink out, but we can definitely expect these to become a reality in the somewhat near future.

 

3. Drones that Drive You to Your Destination

(Photo source: EHANG/YouTube)

Have you ever thought about how convenient it would be to just take a drone to your destination? Well you might be able to soon. A drone taxi has been cleared for testing in Nevada. The EHang 184 is a drone that can carry one passenger on short rides. The drone was first introduced at CES 2016, and this technology blew everyone’s mind. The Guardian  reported that this is the “world’s first passenger drone capable of autonomously carrying a person in the air for 23 minutes.” The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), The Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS), and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) have officially approved for this taxi-drone to be tested. Right now the technology can only carry one passenger for flights of about 23 minutes and reach speeds up to 63 miles per hour. The experience for a passenger would be a simple one – You don’t have to have a license, there are no steering wheels or controls, literally all you have to do is sit back and relax while it takes you to your destination.

Are you excited to take a trip in one (or all) of these new forms of transportation? Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation on Twitter!

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