In the Class­room

This week we ditch the driv­ers and wheels as we look at the pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles of to­mor­row

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WHAT does the fu­ture hold for pub­lic trans­port? Al­most any­thing seems pos­si­ble – one day huge rock­ets might even take you to the other end of the world in less than an hour!

High-speed trains and air­line jets are the last big in­no­va­tions in pub­lic trans­port we’ve seen since the ’50s.

The first suc­cess­ful high-speed rail line, the Shinkansen (bul­let train), was launched in Ja­pan in 1964. Since then only mi­nor ad­vances have been made in all forms of pub­lic trans­port, rather than com­pletely new ideas be­ing in­tro­duced.

The lat­est air­line jets may be lighter or more fuel-ef­fi­cient than their pre­de­ces­sors but they don’t re­ally dif­fer that much from the first com­mer­cial jets.

The same ap­plies to the lat­est cars, ships and trains. In prin­ciple the mod­ern ver­sions look dif­fer­ent and work much bet­ter, but they’re much the same.

But soon this all might change . . .

Driver­less cars may be com­mon soon. Part 2 of 2

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