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  • Hollywood movies have envisioned a future of hoverboards and flying cars.

  • These imaginary machines might not be too far from reality.

  • By 2030 a quarter of shared passenger miles traveled in America's roads could be in self-driving vehicles.

  • It's believed eight out of ten people will be using Robo taxis in cities where available by 2035.

  • There will also be more emphasis on sharing journeys.

  • All this could reduce the number of cars on city streets by 60%, emissions by 80%, and road accidents by 90%.

  • And then there are flying cars.

  • Or more accurately, passenger drones and helicopter hybrids.

  • Uber is investing heavily in this technology.

  • Los Angeles, Dallas, and some states in Australia could see test flights within a couple of years.

  • But these cross-city flights will require changes to air traffic control systems, which will probably take longer to develop than the flying vehicles themselves.

  • Traveling across country could be far quicker too.

  • China is leading the world in high speed bullet trains that are capable of traveling over 400 kilometers per hour.

  • By 2020, 80% of the country's major cities could be linked to the network.

  • But for high speed travel, the ambitious Hyperloop could leave bullet trains in the dust.

  • It's an ambitious system in which pods move along tubes in the near vacuum.

  • The lack of air resistance means pods could reach speeds of over 1000 kilometers per hour.

  • Virgin wants to deliver a fully operational Hyperloop system by the mid 2020's.

  • The company claims it's Hyperloop pods could travel from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 30 minutes.

  • But the potential dangers of travel at such great speeds and the cost mean the Hyperloop will not be a reality for decades.

  • In the air the makers of supersonic jets are promising to slash travel times too.

  • Aerion wants to carry 12 passengers in luxury at 1.4 times the speed of sound.

  • About 60% faster than typical aircraft today.

  • And rival Boom hopes to be flying its' supersonic airline by 2023, carrying 55 passengers up to 2.2 times the speed of sound.

  • Skeptics say these ideas are impractical and expensive, with many technical challenges to overcome.

  • Despite this, tech and engineering companies are boldly taking up the challenges of passenger transit, promising to propel us into the future.

Hollywood movies have envisioned a future of hoverboards and flying cars.


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