To predict the future of transportation, a good place to look at is the past. The average person walks at a rate of, on average, around 3.1 miles per hour, so soldiers in the past were limited in how quickly they could travel when it came down to advancing on foot.
By the 1930s, people were starting to travel at 100 miles per hour on trains. That's 10 times faster than when they were first introduced! At this time, planes started moving even faster! By the time Concorde jet planes began to enter service in Great Britain during the 1960s, people had already flown over 200 miles per hour! Today, commercial airplanes often fly around 500 miles per hour!
However, airlines are costly to operate, while bullet trains, such as those found in Japan, travel at 200 mph. This brings us full round to modern car and auto transportation.
In 1900, there were only 8 cars in total in the US. At the time, there weren't even formally established rules for highway safety as we know it today. To this day, there are still countless drivers and passengers who routinely put their lives and well-being at risk because of being reckless behind the wheel.
Currently, there are 6 high-speed rail projects being developed at once in the US. This may come as a surprise, but only two of these high-speed rail roads are expected to be completed within the next 10 years, and one of them would be a stretch out to Dallas. The other would end up with New York City as its final destination. Of course both projects would still help link areas which already hadn’t been connected before, but how could we leave so many people behind? It seems daft!
Trains have a nasty little secret: they convey significantly more goods than passengers. Only approximately 5% of Americans utilise trains on a regular basis.
What's future of transportation
One day when cars are able to run on an electrical grid system similar to kiddie cars that run on a rail, not only will computers be able to significantly reduce gridlock, but virtually eliminate traffic accidents.
And the grid, which will be powered by electricity, will be nearly pollution-free or, at the very least, run on a somewhat sustainable and low-pollution fuel like natural gas.
Let’s say for example a person was on the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles. Would there be a stop-off point at Heasby Street, Morrison Street, Houston Street and every other junction in between? We believe that such points of interest could be essential junctions along the way. If yes, then how would people that live or work a few miles from there get around? For instance, via another bus with fewer stops or via an electric scooter?
Another factor that has to be considered is the cost of electricity. In the US, today, it's about 5 kilowatts per hour. In case scientists could solve this issue, cars fueled by fusion would travel at a fraction of the expense for gasoline and diesel.
What’s your thoughts about the future of transportation?