It’s no secret that the future of transportation involves self-driving cars, and they’re coming to a ride-sharing service near you, possibly sooner than we may think. But what other transportation technologies will transform travel in the future?
Take a journey into the future to see what we may have in store:
En Route, Sans Driver
Imagine this: You’ve just packed your bags and called a ride to the airport from your favorite ride sharing app. This isn’t just any ride, it’s a self-driving vehicle. No, it doesn’t look like your standard “futuristic” Tesla.
This silent, electric car has no steering wheel, no gas or brake pedals, and no driver. Instead, your windshield doubles as a transparent screen. You can watch tv, surf the internet, check the weather, check traffic, or even take a #selfie.
You’ve made it to the airport and have just checked into by using the facial recognition kiosk. The robotic greeter has sent your luggage through the airports artificial-intelligence system that sorts and routes baggage to the correct flight. Thanks to the new CT scans, you breeze through security (and get to keep your electronics in your bag).
Your flight is on a supersonic jet powered by a combination renewable solar energy. Of course, no pilot is flying the plane, but 90 percent of commercial flights as far back as 2010 operated on autopilot, so this is nothing new.
While your travels went as smooth as possible, you realize you forgot your carry-on at the airport. You take out your smartphone and use your favorite drone-delivery app to grab your carry-on and deliver to your hotel room. After a quick shower, your carry-on is waiting for you in the lobby and you’re ready to get your vacation started.
Well, that was certainly enjoyable. You went halfway around the world in comfort and style, without emitting the carbon dioxide the same trip would have created 30 years earlier. What you may not have realized is that these technologies are already well in the works, as is the software that’s required to make them. Are you ready for the future?