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Magnets, holographs and space elevators - the bold transportation of the future

ALBANIA | Friday, 27 April 2018 | Views [167]

Despite plenty of technological innovation, in the grand scheme of things, transportation really hasn’t changed in a meaningful way for decades.  

Fundamentally, we still travel by four-wheeled (mostly) fossil-fueled cars, trains run on tracks, and planes are pretty much still planes. Thanks to some ambitious innovations, however, the future of transport looks somewhat different.

While driverless cars are in the very near future, what will transportation look like a bit further down the line? The answer is, potentially, very different.

Commuting in magnetic pods

Within the next ten years, skyTran is likely to be in full operation, which is a system of fully automated two-seater pods that will transport passengers quickly and efficiently using magnetic levitation.

These automated pods will move on guideways suspended 20 feet above the ground, and are designed to be used at your convenience. Passengers will be able to request a pod whenever and wherever they like on their phone without having to wait for timetabled trains.

Image courtesy of designboom.com

While skyTran is currently in development, Tel Aviv has already signed up for the magnetic transportation system, with others sure to follow.

Flying in holographic entertainment hubs

Airplanes are perhaps one of the greatest innovations of transportation, successfully bringing the world together and making travel far easier. When you’re sitting on a plane, however, surrounded by noisy passengers, with kids kicking at your seat, this romantic notion is somewhat lost.

By 2050, the noisy airplane will be a thing of the past, with passengers travelling in planes equipped with individual holographic communications and entertainment hubs that will offer previously impossible levels of privacy from other passengers.

The hubs will be made possible by the inclusion of sonic disruptors embedded in the seats, which are designed not only to block external noise, but to create a private virtual space in which passengers can watch films, chat with friends, or even conduct business high in the sky.

Travelling to space in an elevator

Holographic entertainment hubs are not the only futuristic innovation to look forward to by 2050. The Japanese construction company Obayashi Corporation believes that within this timeframe, they will be able to send people to space via an elevator.

Passengers would board the space elevator at a starting point on earth, before travelling vertically up a cable to an ‘Earth Orbit Station’, which will be floating some 36,000 km above the surface of the earth.

While technology is not currently at a level to put this ambitious plan into practice, Obayashi Corporation believe that it is conceptually possible in the future. The construction firm will utilise a 96,000 km nanotube cable that is anchored to the sea floor with a 12,500 ton counter-weight.

However you choose to travel, the future of transportation looks set to evolve far beyond four-wheeled cars and trains on tracks in many bold and innovative ways.

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