Technologies such as sensors, autonomous vehicles, and drones could eradicate traffic jams and completely revolutionise our transportation system. Safer commutes and less carbon emissions will improve the quality of life in the megacities of the future.
Trends that Shape the Future of Transportation
Urban centres are struggling with traffic congestion and air pollution, threatening the health of their citizens and the environment. These issues are mainly caused by inefficient transport that runs on fossil fuels. But new technological trends and developments offer various ways to tackle these challenges and herald a future of smooth, efficient transportation and clean city air.
Advances in the field of autonomous, electric vehicles will soon allow us to eliminate traffic congestion, as smart, Internet of Things-driven machines, instead of humans, will be doing the driving. We expect that ride-sharing will become the norm, rather than the exception. The IoT will play a big role in this transformation of the transport sector. Millions of sensors all around the city will communicate with cars, motorcycles, public transportation, cyclists and pedestrians - as well as with other devices - ensuring that people can move around our future cities in the most efficient and safest ways possible.
Drones and other autonomous aerial vehicles will also have an enormous impact on transportation in the future, not only delivering products but ferrying passengers across the sky to so-called ‘skyports’. And make no mistake - this will probably happen sooner than you might expect, as several big companies, such as Uber, have already applied for patents for flying cars. Finally, projects such as the hyperloop will ensure that we can soon travel halfway across the world at lightning speeds.
The future of transportation looks exciting, efficient and clean, and is expected to lead to a significant decrease in traffic congestion and pollution.