Guest post by Glenda Pierson, a freelance technology blogger
It is worth noting that major methods of transportation have not changed for quite some time. Vehicles are much more efficient, but they are still the same vehicles. This could be due to the fact that a new method of transportation requires a corresponding infrastructure on which it can operate. The Hyperloop is an example of this problem. Although it and other travel inventions prove to be innovative, the willingness to update the infrastructure continues to be a hindrance to their development.
What is the Hyperloop?Billionaire Elon Musk revealed his Hyperloop invention as a form of high-speed travel for the future. He claims the pneumatic device would feel similar to an airplane while riding yet deliver speeds of up to 800 miles an hour. Such speeds would be capable of transporting passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in about 30 minutes. Guests would be seated in a capsule which would float on a cushion of air. According to Musk’s plan, the contraptions would depart every 30 seconds with 28 passengers on board. The cost of travel would be 20 dollars each way.
Upon his revelation, there were naysayers and doubters of course, but it is not entirely unrealistic. ET3, a company from Colorado, already has multiple investors for its own version of high-speed transportation. Founder Daryl Oster says their system will be able to transport passengers from New York City to Beijing in just two hours, achieving a speed of 4,000 miles per hour. Thanks to Elon Musk, people like Oster feel their outrageous transportation concepts gain more credibility.
So, what are some even crazier future transportation ideas?
Martin Aircraft JetpackWhile one of the more familiar futuristic plans, the jetpack still seems so unlikely. This notion did not stop the creation of the Martin jetpack which is in the final stages of development. This particular device comes with a parachute and rolling cage for safety and is planned for government use. According to the company the FAA’s Highways in the Sky project is examining the potential for personal flight paths.
Train PlaneThe idea behind this transportation method combines the functions of both a train and an airplane. It works with a train traveling normally on a track until being picked up at some point by an airplane. The car of the train thus becomes the plane’s fuselage. The train is then placed back on a track on its destination route.
Kolelinia Zip LineArchitect Martin Angelov devised a plan to string a network of cables above a city and transport people attached with powered backpacks.
Bike TubeThe bike tube was created for London commuters to travel during a strike by the local subway system. After the strike the concept remained practical for those looking for a more efficient way to travel throughout the city. The tube offers five different routes throughout London.
SchweebThis design impressed investors at Google so much that they provided $1 million for research and development. The device involves suspending passengers in a pod in which they pedal to their destination. Unfortunately the idea never quite took off.
Unlike other crazy transportation ideas, the Hyperloop may be more likely to become a possibility. After all, its inventor is the same man behind PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla.
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