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