Although there’s been little progress, some nations are still pursuing these plans. Officials in the United States are currently considering no less than ten high-speed rail networks in the country alone.
The Hyperloop — originally conceived by Elon Musk — is an underground rail that shows speeds up to 240 mph in early tests. Developers hope to achieve three times that speed with the finished version.
6. Gyroscopic Vehicles
Although flying cars might be too complicated for mainstream use any time soon, hovering vehicles — which are propelled with the assistance of monorails and balanced through the innovative use of next-gen gyroscopes — could solve public transportation issues across the globe. While these vehicles look like they’re something out of a sci-fi comic book or television show, they could become a reality sooner than expected.
Sometimes referred to as gyrocars, their size makes them more akin to modern busses or trains. Early conceptualizations show a vehicle that can move along on city streets and even raise its body via built-in stilts to navigate through traffic congestion without stopping.
The Road to Innovation
While the future is anything but clear, it’s the beginning of new breakthroughs and innovations of all kinds. Although travelers in the U.S. might never see a high-speed rail network that is capable of matching the speeds of Japan’s bullet train or ride in a single-passenger pod around their nearest airport, these developments — as well as some early conceptualizations and prototypes — are proof of fun and exciting times ahead.
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