Dream today, reality tomorrow

In transportation, the future is not too far away

By Claire Marchand

The focus of the April edition of IEC e-tech is on transportation.

London cable car
The London cable car line travels between North Greenwich and Victoria Station

The future of transportation is being shaped today. The cars, trains, planes of tomorrow are being tested now and they may change the way we travel and commute in the years to come.

Future and futuristic travel

The Japanese maglev train – it broke its own world speed record (603 kph) in April – is expected to be operational in 2027, connecting Shinagawa, south of Tokyo, and Nagoya in central Japan. Trains such as the maglev will increase mobility and permit daily long-distance commutes.

In the US, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is behind the Hyperloop project, a futuristic transportation system that would whisk passenger through vacuum tubes at supersonic speed. Other companies and consortia are looking into the development of similar ventures.

Coming to town soon

While these mega endeavours will take years to come to fruition, there are a number of developments in individual and mass transportation that are about to change the way we approach mobility. Driverless vehicles have been around for some years now: tramways, automated transit systems at airports and within cities. Major automotive manufacturers are testing the driverless cars that could be on our roads very soon.

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hyperloop In a not so distant future
London cable car The London cable car line travels between North Greenwich and Victoria Station
Claire Marchand, Managing Editor e-tech Claire Marchand, Managing Editor e-tech