Transport is pivotal to society. It is a source of employment to people who work in the transport sector, it helps transport goods and provides people with services, it’s far quicker and it is far easier to get to places and can help enhance peoples’ lives. Not to mention the fact that advancements in transport have changed the way we live and continue to progress each day.
Just as cars progressed from stationary gasoline engines, society will continue to adapt and progress transport to its surroundings as the years go by. The future of transport – specifically cars – is very exciting. Many cars are in the process of being redesigned and in the future, cars will all be electric, autonomous and connected.
Global populations are expected to reach 9.8bn by 2050. This huge growth in population around the world and across the UK would, therefore, lead to a huge increase in the number of people using roads and other systems of transport as they look to commute for work or leisure. This means more transport and a more efficient approach to transport needs to be adopted in order to support the growth of the population.
For these reasons, the Irish SpaceX Hyperloop pod competition team, Éirloop, have predicted that humans will be ‘driving in the sky’ where far more space can be found than on roads or underground. There are a number of reasons for this. One: it will allow for more space and reduce the possibility of collisions. Two: it will enable a higher volume of people to travel at higher speeds and cut travel times down. This can lead to a number of positives – less time and hours spent transporting goods, for example, food being delivered to supermarkets, therefore maintaining its freshness and also in terms of healthcare, ambulances can reach people in need a lot quicker and potentially save lives.
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But with more transport being developed, this means more emissions and a higher impact on the environment. Although, the Spanish Hyperloop UPV team predict that by the year 2030 all ground transport such as cars, buses and trains will have moved away from fossil fuels and instead be running on renewable energies and therefore be better for the future of the planet, as well as the future of transport.
RS Components have compiled a list of ways that transport is set to change in the future and how it could potentially change our life. Here are a few examples: