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.
From the mountains to the city
Long hours and traffic congestions are the bane of today’s commuters the world over. To offer alternatives to road transport, some municipalities are turning to means of transport that have proved reliable and efficient over nearly a century. Cable cars, traditionally associated with mountains and skiing, are gradually becoming regular features in cities around the world. Cost-effective, environmentally friendly, safe, requiring little infrastructure, cable cars can cross rivers or scale hills and thus complement other urban/suburban means of transportation.
Whether traditional of futuristic, developments in the transportation sector are bound to be most interesting and promising.
The April issue also takes a closer look at the security of connected cars, e-bikes, industrial electric vehicles, conveyor belts, mobile walkways, and drones, increasingly being used in agriculture, search and rescue operations, scientific research, law enforcement or journalism. Several IEC Technical Committees and Subcommittees prepare International Standards in these fields.
By Claire Marchand for our e-tech.