As the electric vehicle industry continues to build and progress, there is no doubt that increased demand is making this particular area of the automotive industry an interesting investment for the future. While much of the new technology is "groundbreaking", there are many ways in which it can be developed and indeed there is an array of other very interesting technologies on the way. What kind of transport technology do you expect to see in the future? We will now take a look at some of the basic principles at the centre of the future transport sector and what may or may not emerge.
In many ways solar power is seen as the technology of the future, allowing us to harvest the power of the sun and transform this into a workable "fuel". In reality solar power has been around for decades now but the development and improvement of the technology has proven to be very stubborn. Indeed there are some who believe that the laws of physics are in many ways holding back solar power technology, while others are looking to open up the envelope.
There are a number of solar power transport ideas floating around, one of which is a $27 billion train service in the U.S. which would be run purely and simply on solar power. Whether this is feasible, affordable or even wanted by the public, we shall see.
There are a number of magnetic levitation transport ideas on the horizon, one of which is the much discussed Hyperloop being worked upon by multi billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk. He is looking to create an underground tunnel which would allow travellers to commute between San Francisco and Los Angeles in around 30 minutes. If this particular route was to prove successful and viable, there is every chance that it could be rolled out into other areas of the U.S. and indeed other areas of the world.
This system is basic in principle, a vacuum tunnel which would transport personal pods using magnetic levitation. There is speculation that each of these pods could reach up to 4000 mph and indeed on longer journeys there is the potential to smash current travel times. This is something which Elon Musk has already invested into, something which he believes is viable and a potentially groundbreaking introduction for the future. It will be interesting to see whether he is as successful and groundbreaking as he has been with his Tesla Motors investment and whether indeed he does deliver an exceptionally quick mode of transport.
Follow the leader
Follow the leader systems are not new and they have been mentioned in many shapes and many forms over the years. However there is a new system currently under testing which is known as the SARTRE project and will effectively allow cars to tag onto a lead vehicle which would then take over their controls using wireless computing systems.
The idea is that by using such systems on motorways and busy highways it would ensure safe driving, those in the cars following could take a break, and it would also act as a very useful control on excess speed. As and when the individuals following the lead vehicle needed to turn off a particular road they would simply reengage their own system, unhook themselves from the lead vehicle (wirelessly) and be on their way. This type of technology has already been tested successfully in Europe and there are high hopes for this as a means of improving road safety in the longer term.
These are just a number of the new modes of transport which have been discussed and worked upon by an array of government departments and entrepreneurs. While some are closer to going live than others, they are all potentially groundbreaking in their own right. It will be interesting to see how this particular area of transport does progress in the short, medium and longer term and indeed whether we are on the verge of a significant shift change in worldwide transport.