Motorized transport was a milestone in the development of modern societies. People were able to move more freely and travelling abroad became more accessible. Over the course of centuries, technology has been updated and has been adapted to the needs of an ever increasing population.
The world of transportation has already accomplished a great deal but there is still much more to explore. These five visionary projects indicate that the future of transport will be dominated by cleaner technologies, supersonic speeds and automation.
- Trains travelling at supersonic speeds
Hyperloop would be the fastest train ever created. The concept designed by Elon Musk from Space X would reach speeds above 1.200 km/h. This would mean, for example, being able to travel from Madrid to Barcelona, a 600km journey, in barely half an hour. The scheme is for trains to travel through tubes and passengers to ride on capsules. The key to reaching supersonic velocities is based on the reduction of aerodynamic resistance thanks to the low pressure within the tube and an electric engine. The tubes will stand on great, tall pillars which will avoid trains travelling on the ground and harming the environment.
2.- The future of electrical vehicles
The Tracked Electric Vehicle System (TEV) has been designed to improve personal transport and lightweight freight transportation based completely on electric vehicles. The aim is to travel faster, more comfortably and with our own vehicle. The car will travel fast and autonomously to the indicated destination through rails that will be incorporated to the current roads.
3. Reversed roles
The elevated-rails concept is a recurring feature for future transports plans. But the Tubular Rails project designed by Robert C.Pulliam has taken the concept further. The objective is to incorporate the rails to the trains while the wheels and engine are contained in elevated tubes through which trains at nearly 240km/h would travel.
4. Cities designed for bicycles
Velo-City was a Project designed by the architect Chris Harwicke for Toronto in 2006 which aimed to establish a faster and more sustainable transport system based on the use of bicycles. The plan was to build modern bicycle lanes that would be elevated from the surface, with three lanes and stable weather conditions.
- Ultra-fast airplane
Skylon is thought to be the successor of the Concorde, the fastest airplane to date. The project promoted by the United Kingdom aims to make Skylon fly five times faster than the speed of sound and travel to outer space. The airplane would be able to take off from any airport and would be able to travel from London to Sydney in four hours.
Whatever the future may hold for transportation, it is important that all the new projects have adequate, adaptable, modern and sustainable systems such as Goal Systems to develop successful and quality transport networks for the citizens