Significant changes going on in the world of transportation, thanks to transformative technologies. While we’ve become used to lengthy international flights and crowded public transportation, the future looks certain to result in wholesale changes. These changes aren’t as far in the future as you might think, either. Here is a list of transportation technologies that are bound to affect the transportation and trucking industries forever.
1. Smart cars
Many people already own smart vehicles. The definition of a smart car varies, depending on whether you hear it from an individual, dealer, or manufacturer. Generally, however, it describes a fuel-efficient, compact vehicle that makes use of innovative and new technology to offer a smoother experience for everyone in the vehicle (passengers as well as the driver). Some manufacturers are making a transition to hybrid or pure electric cars. There remain some challenges to smart vehicles, however, such as trunk space, the number of passengers that can be accommodated, and the distance they can travel between charges.
2. The effect of public transportation technologies on Individuals
Usually restricted to busy residential areas and big cities, public transportation is often thought of negatively. These vehicles are often overcrowded, but they can also be rife with suspicious activity and crime, depending on the area. The hope is that public transport of the future will change all of that, thanks to future and developing technologies. Personal transportation pods are already in use in such areas as neighbourhoods around London’s Heathrow Airport. These pods can only accommodate one person each, which is a good thing, as it makes personal injury or crime far less likely.
3. Gyroscopic Vehicles
It’s true that while flying cars are likely too complex for mainstream driving in the near future, hovering vehicles, propelled through the support of monorails and balanced with the help of next-gen gyroscopes, could solve issues with public transportation around the world. While these may sound like they were made in a science-fiction movie, they could enter our reality sooner rather than later. Sometimes called gyrocars, their large size makes them more similar in appearance to trains or buses. Early designs reveal a vehicle able to move along city streets and raise its body, thanks to its built-in stilts, to make their way through tragic congestion without stopping.
4. Self-driving cars
Self-driving cars are already in existence. They might be in their early stages, but they’re already on the road. Uber suspended testing after one of their cars hit, and caused the death of, a pedestrian in Arizona in 2018. While that was a major setback in the progression of fully-automated cars, developers haven’t lost their optimism regarding this particular transportation technology. Other companies testing self-driving driving cars include companies you might suspect, such as Google and Tesla. A number of other major research organisations and companies have developed working prototype self-driving vehicles, including Oxford University, Volvo, Audi, Toyota, Nissan, Bosch, Autoliv Inc., General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, Vislab from the University of Parma, and Continental Automotive Systems.