As the world changes, the way people move and go from point A to point B has also changed dramatically. Transportation trends have always been fluid, but new revolutionary technologies have added to the excitement.
From automobiles to trains and planes, here are some of the principal trends that shape not only the present but also the future of transport and mobility.
As far as the future of transport and mobility is concerned, autonomous vehicles perfectly sum up expectations. Experts dismissed the idea as impossible less than 20 years ago, but today, self-driving cars are driving tens of millions of miles, most of which are on public roads.
Some of the big players in the space are divided between tech companies, including Baidu in China, Alphabet through the Waymo division, and other traditional automotive companies such as BMW and General Motors. Other firms, like Tesla, are a combination of the two.
While fully autonomous self-driving vehicles are not up for sale yet, research and interest in them continue to grow by the day.
The rising demand among customers and the increased government regulation and emphasis only show that electrification has been gaining significant momentum for the past several years. And there are no signs that it will slow down any time soon.
Despite a global decline in car sales, statistics show that electric car registrations will increase significantly in 2020.The increasing number of electric vehicles is now seen in the US, China, and Europe, the three biggest auto markets internationally, with China continuing to lead the EV market.
As countries like Israel and Sweden continue to test custom roads that charge car batteries while driving over them, it is also expected that the charging process will get easier soon.
Thanks to AI, or artificial intelligence, the way cars get around has gotten smarter. At the same time, it also changes the in-car experience. Dashboards now feature sleek, Tesla-style tablets.
Affectiva, an affective computing company, is among the many companies that work on in-cabin sensing to evaluate what is taking place inside the car. It opens possibilities such as using sensors and cameras to detect when the driver feels distracted or tired, alerting when a child has been left behind, or analyzing who is inside the vehicle and providing customized entertainment accordingly.
For many decades, the whole world has heard about the promise of flying cars, to the extent that their mythical status is often seen as hilarious. But when 2021 came, the world saw that flying cars were no longer mere science fiction stories.
The rise of flying car startups has been compared to the fate of self-driving cars. From being a simple ambition, flying cars may soon become investments worth billions of dollars. The hype surrounding them and the impressive advances in technology might soon mean more enthusiastic investors are putting their money into the development of these flying cars.
The future of transport and mobility looks exciting and interesting, and the world can soon expect better travel and more interesting ways to travel short and long distances.