EX­CIT­ING IN­NO­VA­TIONS

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Hyper­loop

One of the most ex­cit­ing in­no­va­tions in trans­porta­tion, it moves on nearly air­less tubes at 500-800mph. Dubai to Abu Dhabi could be done in just 12 min­utes, says Hyper­loop One, which is work­ing on the project with Dubai.

Ma­glev trains

Mag­netic lev­i­ta­tion trains are not just a lofty dream held over from the 1950s. They are al­ready in op­er­a­tion in Shang­hai and Ja­pan. South Korea is build­ing a ma­glev train that will op­er­ate within the In­cheon Air­port.

Driver­less cars

A ro­botic driver can think faster and smarter than a hu­man driver — and looks in all di­rec­tions at once. That’s the idea be­hind au­ton­o­mous driv­ing, where you take your hands off the wheel and let the car do the driv­ing for you.

Volo­copter

The gi­ant drone-like ve­hi­cle has two seats, 18 pro­pel­lers, and is pow­ered by nine bat­ter­ies. This al­lows it to have a flight time of around 30 min­utes. The flight is in its test­ing phase, which will last five years and even­tu­ally in­clude pi­lots.

Trans­port pods

What if you could jump into a mov­ing pod and speed away to an­other part of the city? The pods seat one per­son and move on their own over a pre-de­scribed route. The idea is that the hu­man op­er­a­tor in­ter­acts with the pod us­ing a touch­screen in the wind­shield.

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