Vehicles are one of the few tools that separate us so distinctly from the rest of animal kingdoms. With the rise and development of civilization, we have been witnesses to the impressive evolution of personal transportation and creative ways in which it has transformed. Ever since the concept of science fiction has been introduced to the world of literature, one of the most popular aspects of this has been imagining how it would all look in the future.
From the perspective of many of those works, we have either developed at a sluggish pace or the imagination of creative people knows no bounds. No matter how you look at it, it has not stopped us from imagining it even today.
However, things tend to be more palpable in the first decades of the twenty-first century. If you are excited about what sort of new vehicles are waiting around the corner, here’s what future holds for personal transportation:
The issue of electric car:
Electric car seems to be the golden goal and a proposed golden standard of the future. It sounds like an ideal proposition – since we need to reduce carbon emission and stop with fossil-fueled race into the civilizational oblivion, electric vehicles appear to be a perfect answer to this conundrum. However, electric cars seem to come with their own share of problems.
It is not only about technical issues Tesla faces or the fact that in-built programming leaves a lot of room for errors and malfunctions; the fact is we are depleting this planet of resources and in order to have a sustained production of electric cars, we need an endless supply of lithium, cobalt, nickel, graphite and all other “ingredients” for a sound-working electric car battery.
The first short-term problem that will arise, however, is within the market itself – the endless demand for lithium that will increase astronomically will put a lot of strain on the market. Will the planet be able to “pick up the pace” as we open doors to new areas of exploitation? People, naturally tend to fear the unforeseen consequences when new territories are stepped on.
It has been a dream of many-a-kid throughout the fifties and sixties – a hope they will own a flying vehicle once they grow up. The future, however, had different ideas in store, and casually taking over the skies in a privately owned vehicle ended up being nothing but fantasy – faced again with unforeseen obstacles.
After all, if flying vehicles came to be, traffic jams would be rendered non-existent and you wouldn’t have to endure the pain of the road anymore. Even though we are far from casual flying cars, there are some quite interesting strides taken in the realm of jetpacks. In the 21st century, hydro jetpacks have become a popular pastime on many beaches around the world. They are powered by using a high-density propulsion fluid to hover above water surface.
In fact, after the appearance of flyboards, we have seen the emergence of a new sport known as hydro flying. This is enabled due to the optional feature this hydrojet allows – an optional lower-thrust water jet separately controlled with each arm. Even though it is not a serious type of transportation, this technology might prove to be very useful in the general industry yet.
“Segway” into downsides:
Some of these inventive transportation gadgets are basically automatized versions of already popular recreational equipment such as skateboards. In fact, things like your popular sleek black swegway have already existed in similar shape and form for more than a decade now and it is mostly a matter of popularity and public approval that controls the market.
There was this general feeling that segway might “change the world” in a way, but apart from adding an advanced gyroscopic balancing technology, it was not even remotely a killer-seller as it was expected. In fact, some of the vehicles of this kind are not only expensive to make but there is simply not a demand that can turn it into a revolutionary product.
Even in the late fifties, Ford engineers tried to create a feasible hover car technology that “glides in the air”. Hovercraft is the closest thing we have got to turning this concept into reality, and most of them are constructed and used for military or commercial purposes. There is not too much we can say about hover cars apart from the fact that some airboards released for casual public (read – civilians) look incredibly cool and any one of us would probably love to try it out. Unfortunately, these are generally slow and very expensive.
The wonders of the future hold many obstacles to overcome. Some of these changes take a lot of time to take hold due to the fact that many of these obstacles tend to be invisible to us until we try to bring about the change. However, the human spirit is nothing if not unyielding and fascination with vehicles and transportation promises a glimmer of exciting and creative new things to come.
In the end, when it comes to personal transportation, there is always a dichotomy between what we can imagine and what we can realize. Fortunately, it appears we are on the precipice of the new age of vehicular technology, and this age is more palpable than any before.