Public transport is better than personal alternatives owing to factors like less pollution, congestion and travel related costs. As such, a lot of focus has been placed on public transport systems of late with extra emphasis placed on how to make these systems more sustainable and eco-friendly.
This has, in turn, led to the creation of several innovative travel ideas that would most likely change the entire transportation system radically. Accordingly, given below are a few such innovative concepts we can expect to see pretty soon.
Evacuated Tube Transport
Imagine traveling from one country to the other in tubes. And imagine traveling at breakneck speeds that will allow you to reach Beijing from New York in just two hours. Touted to be more efficient than electric trains or cars, the Evacuated Tube Transport (ETT) system would feature superconducting maglev trains that would operate inside giant tubes, reaching speeds of more than 6500 km/h.
Forget about crowded streets and traffic jams caused by vehicles, buses and trams occupying the same road. The straddling bus is a really cool concept that would allow multiple vehicles to share the same stretch of road simultaneously.
Rolling on stilts installed on the road, the straddling bus would be positioned above the traffic and would ferry passengers between elevated bus stops. The space beneath the bus would remain open for cars and other small vehicles to drive through, thus creating less chaos and disruption to traffic while ferrying a large number of passengers between two locations.
Auto-driven cars have been talked about a lot in the past as well. However, they did not show up on the streets till now. The good about a robotic driver is that it is much more efficient than a human driver. It can spot issues from all directions, detect buildings, look out for exit ramps, detect roadblocks and even change speeds as needed with minimal or no human interference.
This would leave little room for errors on the road, thus preventing fatal accidents. Google, Ford and Cadillac have already announced their own versions of the autonomous car, with Google leading the pack with its Lexus RX450h autonomous vehicle.
Heard of a train that actually carries its own tracks? That’s Tubular Rails for you. This futuristic train will feature a track attached to the top of its body. Giant elevated rings with wheels and motors located at close intervals will help the train pass through them effortlessly, reaching speeds of over 240 km/h. The company behind the design claims that these trains would not disrupt existing infrastructure and would incur a production cost of only 40% of that of conventional train networks.
Shweeb Mass Transport System
Fancy ditching fuel, gas and even electricity and generating power with your legs to move from one place to another? Then hop onto the Shweeb, a mass transport system that is powered by humans. The monorail system is located in New Zealand and features pods that carry people from one place to another. All you need to do is step into one of these pods and start pedaling. You can easily reach speeds of over 40 km/h. There is no need to worry about the weather elements as you will be safe inside the clear pod which is airy as well as comfortable.
Supercavitation Ghost Boat
The friction between the bottom of the vessel and the water would force any boat or ship to start slow before picking up speed, leading to the wastage of time and resources. Supercavitation aims to address this concern by creating a layer of gas filled bubbles around the submerged portion of the vessel. These bubbles would reduce the friction between the boat and water by nearly 900 times. This, in turn, would allow the boat to reach very high speeds in a very short interval of time, thus minimizing fuel consumption significantly.
Consider catching a lift that would take you to a space station outside earth! That’s what the space elevator is designed to do. The basic principle behind this seemingly humungous task involves the use of a tethered cable made of lightweight materials that connects the base station in earth to the space station in orbit. The lift in concern would be able to travel at the speed of standard trains, and would easily transport cargo as well as people between these two places. Definitely a transport system we need to wait for eagerly!
The near future will see several eco-friendly vehicles and transportation systems replacing the traditional ones. From autonomous cars and tubular rails to even a space elevator, these are some of the most remarkable sustainable transportation systems one can possibly expect to see pretty soon.