Only time will tell, but many designs for concept transportation
methods of the new concept
• increasing safety
• mostly just making things more convenient for users.
• Here are some of new concepts for the transportation.
• Perhaps the most famous potential future transportation method is
Google's driverless car.
• The cars use video cameras, radar sensors and laser range finders to
• They've already hit the road, logging more than 300,000 miles
without an accident, Google engineers recently reported.
Ford Traffic Jam Assist
• Google's not the only company looking at driverless cars. Ford is working on the
technology too, specifically for slow-moving situations.
• Leveraging technology already available that allows cars to self-parallel park, the
company envisions helping drivers during one of the most stressful times of any
commute: sitting in a traffic jam.
• Ford Traffic Jam Assist gathers information about how far away the car in front of
it is, keeping the driver a safe distance, but moving whenever it is able to. Ford
hopes that in the future, you could eat your doughnut and drink your coffee, using
both hands, during that horrible morning rush hour commute.
Airbus 2050 concept plane
• Debuting at the Paris Air Show last year, Airbus unveiled the company's concept
plane for the future with some pretty funky design features.
• Most striking is the large panoramic roof that makes up the front portion of the
plane, which Airbus says could be made of a biopolymer that would allow
passengers to control how much light is let into the cabin.
• Inside, passengers would have personalized zones with high-definition
holographic displays to hold meetings, or even play in a virtual golf game.
Cruising the high seas
• Cruise ships of the future will leverage various technologies that make them more
energy efficient and provide passengers new experiences, researchers forecast.
• Massive boats with sails and that use ultra-highly efficient liquefied natural gas-
powered engines and solar panels are predicted for cruise ships of the future.
• These features would be combined with a tri-hull design to increase stability and
create new areas on a ship for passengers
• General Motors has a take on the driverless vehicle too, but its
version isn't a car, rather it's the EN-V, the electric-networked vehicle.
• The EN-V is a two-wheeled battery-powered vehicle meant for urban
• It drives on its own using sensors to detect its surroundings and
wireless communications to position itself in the city, which GM says
make it ideal for dense urban environments because of its compact
size and zero emissions.
MACH High-speed Bus concept
• Even if there are personalized self-driving vehicles, there will still be a need for
public transportation, and that's where the high-speed bus designs come in.
• The MACH bus is aerodynamically designed to prevent wind friction and is
powered by hydrogen fuel. It features a fluid suspension system to keep the ride
nice and smooth.
• Because the bus will be traveling faster than most other vehicles, its safety
features are enhanced, including having active and passive safety monitors and
controls, meaning it's always alerting the driver of potential hazards.
• To keep it light, the bus has been built on a carbon-fiber chassis to maximize
strength and minimize weight. And of course, it's red, just like the old-school
London double-decker buses.
• This concept bus design avoids that inconvenience for drivers.
• Asian researchers have developed the idea of a "straddling bus," which would be
elevated above the roadway allowing vehicles to pass underneath the bus to keep
the flow of traffic moving even while the bus makes frequent stops.
• That's the thinking behind the Solar Sailor, a series of boats of various sizes that
use solar energy to propel the ships. It works for anything from ferries to private
yachts, all the way up to commercial shipping vessels.
• In this concept, passengers in traditional cars would link up with other cars going
in the same direction to create a road train.
• European researchers have created early versions of the technology, which
require a lead vehicle that subsequent cars then follow using both imaging and
• The line of cars all follow and mimic a lead car, creating a centipede of cars
potentially, with vehicles being able to enter and exit the line as needed.
• Solar Impulse 1 is a Swiss long-range experimental solar-powered aircraft project, and also the
name of the project's two operational aircraft. The privately financed project is led by Swiss
engineer and businessman André Borschberg and Swiss psychiatrist and aeronaut Bertrand
PiccardIt conducted its first test flight in December 2009.
• Engine type: Electric motor, Range: 1,541 km
• second aircraft, completed in 2014 and named Solar Impulse 2, carries more solar cells and more
powerful motors, among other improvements. In March 2015, Piccard and Borschberg began an
attempt to circumnavigate the globe with Solar Impulse 2, departing from Abu Dhabi in the
United Arab Emirates.
• The aircraft was scheduled to return to Abu Dhabi in August 2015 after a multi-stage journey. By 1
June 2015, the plane had traversed Asia and on 3 July 2015, it completed the longest leg of its
journey, from Japan to Hawaii.
• Lesser speed is the disadvantage.