Transportation is going to change wildly

Interesting, Others | February 4th, 2015 by 4
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Transportation is going to change wildly, there’s no doubt about it. Roads are becoming too congested, airways convoluted and seaports are backing up. So changes …

Transportation is going to change wildly, there’s no doubt about it. Roads are becoming too congested, airways convoluted and seaports are backing up. So changes need to be made. As the population grows and demands for resources and products rise, our transportation infrastructure must change. Thankfully, there are some very intelligent people working on it this very minute.

Department of Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx, met with Google today to discuss the future of our transportation infrastructure and its technology. Foxx recognizes that America’s transportation needs a rethink and move forward.

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“With the rate of change that’s happening in technology, we do also need to ask whether our processes, procedures, programs are keeping up,” said Foxx.

He recognizes that we’ve been through this before, and probably faced the same fear, when both rail and air travel were first developed. He’s absolutely right, this has happened before and we developed new systems to handle the larger scale transportation. Foxx says, “Maybe some of the fear dissipates, maybe we develop mechanisms to deal with some of the specific concerns people have — concerns like privacy and security — but you never can get there if you don’t start the conversation.”

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One thing Foxx points out, which I believe makes a lot of sense, is automated networks. Automation can help tremendously in terms of easing congestion and making our roads and railways easier to use. With automated buses and trams, people could get to work without clogging up highways with commuting. That would also get those pesky “A to B” folks off the road, so us enthusiasts can drive on it with less interruption. I see Elon Musk’s Hyperloop idea becoming a big part of this.

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It’s interesting to think of what the future might hold for our mass transportation. It’s no secret that our current system is somewhat dated, considering the level of technology that’s out there. As much as I fear a future without cars, automation does seem like a great idea for easing congestion.

People like Elon Musk can really make a difference in the private sector by creating paid services for mass transit that could get people off of motorways, out of airplanes and off of trains. I, personally, enjoy the automobile too much to want to take a Hyperloop-style air-tube to work, but as someone who has commuted 50 miles each way, I can perfectly understand the need for one.

Only time will tell what’s in store for the future of our transportation, but as Foxx says, we must start the conversation.

4 responses to “Transportation is going to change wildly”

  1. Marleychil says:

    I see Google car, but no mention. Its coming, and would be the perfect compliment to hyperloop or any mass transit. The last mile of transportation, and could dramatically affect car sales. The electronic car is on it way. The EV is the best platform. BMW makes great car, but don’t fall on your sword as Toyota is attempting. Hybrid are not solution, Tesla is not the enemy. There will be many changes coming with EV. One is the Google car, the other is China growth in the auto industry. BMW needs to become more proactive and less reactive. Google brings obsolescence, while Tesla bring greater drive excitement. China may do very well in bringing quality EV to scales that lower in cost to comparable priced ICE vehicle. Hybrids are temporary not revolutionary. If the cost is lower than ICE, they will be lower than a comparable equipped hybrid. Hybrids lose because EVs RULE. The EV revolution has begun.

    • Horatiu B. says:

      Wasn’t mentioned. It’s implied. And yes. Things are moving fast now

      • Marleychil says:

        I think the reason it is only implied is BMW sees the writing on the wall, but like Toyota they are allowing pride to get in their way. Behind the scenes they are working around the clock. They need to take a leadership stand like Tesla, rather than these half measures of the I series. Germany is very pro renewable and the EV platform has proven itself. I think that BMW could build a great all electric car, but I feel they are holding back because they make such a good ICE. Many of their customer feel that making a strong strategic alliance with Tesla would set a higher bar that ensures a longer future for fun to drive vehicles. “The Revolution will not be televied”, but it will be electrified.

  2. Marleychil says:

    I see Google car, but no mention. Its coming, and would be the perfect compliment to hyperloop or any mass transit. The last mile of transportation, and could dramatically affect car sales. The electronic car is on it way. The EV is the best platform. BMW makes great car, but don’t fall on your sword as Toyota is attempting. Hybrid are not solution, Tesla is not the enemy. There will be many changes coming with EV. One is the Google car, the other is China growth in the auto industry. BMW needs to become more proactive and less reactive. Google brings obsolescence, while Tesla bring greater drive excitement. China may do very well in bringing quality EV to scales that lower in cost to comparable priced ICE vehicle. Hybrids are temporary not revolutionary. If the cost is lower than ICE, they will be lower than a comparable equipped hybrid. Hybrids lose because EVs RULE. The EV revolution has begun.

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