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From flying cars to pods that travel at over 1,000kph, revolutionary new ways to travel are being dreamed up by ambitious companies. But which pioneering visions are most likely to take off?

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Hollywood movies have envisaged a future of hoverboards and flying cars – these imaginary machines might not be too far from reality. By 2030 a quarter of shared passenger miles traveled on America’s roads could be in self-driving vehicles. It’s believed eight out of ten people will be using Robotaxis in cities where available by 2035. There will also be more emphasis on sharing journeys. All this could reduce the number of cars on city streets by 60 percent, emissions by 80 percent, and road accidents by 90 percent.

And then there are flying cars – or more accurately – passenger drones and helicopter hybrids. Uber is investing heavily in this technology. Los Angeles, Dallas, and some states in Australia could see test flights within a couple of years – but these cross city flights will require changes to air traffic control systems, which will probably take longer to develop than the flying vehicles themselves.

Traveling across country could be far quicker too. China is leading the world in high-speed bullet trains that are capable of traveling over 400 kilometres per hour. By 2020, 80 percent of the country’s major cities could be linked to the network. But for high-speed travel, the ambitious Hyperloop could leave bullet trains in the dust. It’s an ambitious system in which pods move along tubes in a mere vacuum. The lack of air resistance means pods could reach speeds of over 1,000 kilometers per hour.

Virgin wants to deliver a fully operational Hyperloop system by the mid-2020s. The company claims its Hyperloop pods could travel from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 30 minutes. But the potential dangers of travel at such great speeds, and the cost, mean the Hyperloop will not be a reality for decades.

In the air, the makers of supersonic jets are promising to slash travel times too. Arion wants to carry 12 passengers in luxury at 1.4 times the speed of sound – about 60% faster than typical aircraft today, and rival Boom hopes to be flying its supersonic airliner by 2023, carrying 55 passengers up to 2.2 times the speed of sound.

Skeptics say these ideas are impractical and expensive, with many technical challenges to overcome. Despite this, tech and engineering companies are boldly taking up the challenges of passenger transit – promising to propel us into the future

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49 thoughts on “How will people travel in the future? | The Economist

  1. This will make the fuel industry to boom …trust me climate change will destroy this planet…we have ti be careful

  2. Well. I think she means. There will be more emphasis on group and shared travel. For us Riff Raff, poor morons.

    For the entitled rich. The emphasis will be on making the poor lower their emissions. So the rich can continue to raise their emissions. But still be able to lie to themselves and convince their other rich friends. They are actually really good people. Since they took part in making those "other" " less than" people. Live by their, personal code of morality.

    Now remember everyone. Your not important. So make sure your crammed into that UBER Prius parked over there. With 4 other adults that you don't know.

    Al Gore and his friends. The never accomplished a-thing in their lives, except con other people into thinking they have a clue, Clinton's.

    They'll still be the only 2 passengers. On a futuristic new AirBus 2030, that will be capable of seating 160 passengers and a staff of 40. But don't worry. Everyone involved will do their part in keeping the Earth as clean and healthy, as we all deserve. The Gores and Clinton's will agree to have their family dogs. Placed into a filtered, vented, air tight, dog compartment that's contained on the plane. The dog compartment will cleanse, vacuum and deoderize. The piped in air that will go into the dog compartment. Along with a treadmill system for the puppies to enjoy their daily exercise. The dog powered treadmill the dogs will be forced, I mean, allowed to enjoy. Will be used for around 5 hours per day. Luckily the wonderful fun, dog treadmill. Will be connected to a power storing generator. That the power created by the dog exercise. Will be harnessed by an electrical system. That will power the planes water purification system and the climate control systems for the passengers sleeping areas. The owners even agreed. To forego unneeded comfort systems on the plane. Electing to remove luxuries. Such as excess cost seating materials and padding, Air Conditioning and choosing to use a recycling, filtration system for the water. That will be used in the toilet and drinking system. These concessions, were gladly chosen. To help the plane be more environmentally friendly. They will barely be noticed by users in places they are to be used. Such as the staff sleeping quarters, staff lounge, staff work areas and a hallway in the back of the plane. Which the Clinton's and Gores may choose go to. If they desire to leave their personal hallways and living areas.

    So you see everyone. Well all need to do our part to keep this planet as clean as possible. Because as usual. The good people on Earth. Like the Clinton's, Gores, Obama's, Gates, Zuckerbergs and Musks. Obviously be doing there parts.

    So to, must you!!

    like So they can promise. Not a single Gore or Clinton will ever have to deal with a single dog hair or breath an unpleasant, dog smell.

  3. Well. I think she means. There will be more emphasis on group and shared travel. For us Riff Raff, poor morons.

    For the entitled rich. The emphasis will be on making the poor lower their emissions. So the rich can continue to raise their emissions. But still be able to lie to themselves and convince their other rich friends. They are actually really good people. Since they took part in making those "other" " less than" people. Live by their, personal code of morality.

    Now remember everyone. Your not important. So make sure your crammed into that UBER Prius parked over there. With 4 other adults that you don't know.

    Al Gore and his friends. The never accomplished a-thing in their lives, except con other people into thinking they have a clue, Clinton's.

    They'll still be the only 2 passengers. On a futuristic new AirBus 2030, that will be capable of seating 160 passengers and a staff of 40. But don't worry. Everyone involved will do their part in keeping the Earth as clean and healthy, as we all deserve. The Gores and Clinton's will agree to have their family dogs. Placed into a filtered, vented, air tight, dog compartment that's contained on the plane. The dog compartment will cleanse, vacuum and deoderize. The piped in air that will go into the dog compartment. Along with a treadmill system for the puppies to enjoy their daily exercise. The dog powered treadmill the dogs will be forced, I mean, allowed to enjoy. Will be used for around 5 hours per day. Luckily the wonderful fun, dog treadmill. Will be connected to a power storing generator. That the power created by the dog exercise. Will be harnessed by an electrical system. That will power the planes water purification system and the climate control systems for the passengers sleeping areas. The owners even agreed. To forego unneeded comfort systems on the plane. Electing to remove luxuries. Such as excess cost seating materials and padding, Air Conditioning and choosing to use a recycling, filtration system for the water. That will be used in the toilet and drinking system. These concessions, were gladly chosen. To help the plane be more environmentally friendly. They will barely be noticed by users in places they are to be used. Such as the staff sleeping quarters, staff lounge, staff work areas and a hallway in the back of the plane. Which the Clinton's and Gores may choose go to. If they desire to leave their personal hallways and living areas.

    So you see everyone. Well all need to do our part to keep this planet as clean as possible. Because as usual. The good people on Earth. Like the Clinton's, Gores, Obama's, Gates, Zuckerbergs and Musks. Obviously be doing there parts.

    So to, must you!!

    like So they can promise. Not a single Gore or Clinton will ever have to deal with a single dog hair or breath an unpleasant, dog smell.

  4. Highly effective video recording! Here at Y&S FOOD! we really like to find this form of content. We make Travel & Food movies too, all around the world, and we are continually hoping to find inspirations and perhaps good ideas. Thank You.

  5. Well our society regressing by globalization and populating Europe with third world migration.. so no hover board it’s gonna be more like horse and carriage or donkey ..

  6. How will we travel? By taking a dangerous item, in example a pistol or a bottle of bleach and while drinking down the bleach I start choakig on it as I shoot myself in the head resulting in me having a violent seizure on the floor due to the gunshot wound that I have just inflicted to myself as my house burns down to the floor killing the inhabitits in the residints. Possibly dangering other inhabitits of said neighborhood.

  7. To answer your question: by using cars, planes, bycicles, scooters, And or walking you can gain the ability to transport yourself from the starting destination to your end point of choice.

    Now let me ask you this: why is this video an advertisement?

  8. I came up with this design in 1979. I was working with 2 engineers one disappeared. The other on was killed on a oil production platform in the Gulf. I never heard from that one person ever again.

  9. I wouldn't mind horse and buggy or horse and sleigh rides. Its always hurry up, hurry up to our very "End Destination". Anyone else think a sleigh ride in clean air is magical?

  10. As automatically driven cars become better companies such as Uber won't need to pay for drivers therefore limiting the cost a trip. Making it cheaper to travel

  11. Imagine every bad driver you see on your way to work every day. Now imagine that x1000 because some idiot decided to make their car fly. And that's why I don't support the flying car idea.

  12. Ive been hearing this for iver a year now..oh were gonna finally see trumps tax returns…were finally gonna see this an that about him…an as usuall nothing…every news agency has information thats gonna finally bring down trump please spare us the BULLSHIT an lets see some concrete evidence….we have been strung along far to long…talk about click bait at its finest…smh

  13. We were to being doing all this years ago – nope nothing happening here – these technologies are not for the folks

  14. um.. no thanks I'm good. I've had a nightmare that technology took over the world and I don't want This to happen

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