From horse and carriage, diesel engine automobiles, electric cars, to Hyperloop’s transport system, the transport sector has changed a lot over the last 150 years. And so have our surroundings. To cope with the growing number of cars and increasing speed, we had to invest in roads and parking places, seat belts and airbags and in speed bumps and traffic lights. What else will the future bring us? Here is our pick of the 5 best and most breathtaking videos on MOBILITY.
1. Real-time traffic information
Waze is a community-based traffic and navigation application that lets you share real-time data with other drivers. Real-time traffic information such as traffic jams and accidents on the road, while also keeping track of changed routes and road blocks. And another interesting feature, you can see exactly where your Facebook friends are, so you don’t have to text each other OMW (‘on my way’) anymore, but know exactly when they will arrive at your house to pick you up. Hmm…great way to ruin a surprise party though ;):
According to Johan Schaap ‟The secret of social navigation app Waze: using all data from users for input.”www.tis.tv
2. In single file
By 2025, 70 percent of all freight transport will travel along public roads and place enormous pressure on the European highway infrastructure and the environment. This logistical challenge is being tackled with truck platooning. In truck platooning, trucks slipstream very close behind each other and communicate via wireless vehicle-to-vehicle communication. It optimizes road activity, takes up less space, minimizes traffic jams, leads to less fuel consumption and fewer CO2-emissions:
According to Simone de Bruin ‟Truck platooning – creating the next generation mobility; Trucks slipstream closely…www.tis.tv
3. “Electric cars will be the new normal.”
BMW Vice President Hildegard Wortmann kicks off the DLD Summer Conference panel on the future of mobility and is joined by Alejandro Agag, CEO at Formula-E (Formula 1 racing with electric cars). When we look at the bigger picture of the automotive industry, the changes in the next 10 years will be bigger than the changes in the last 30 years. There will be a shift from automotive to automobility. Wortmann and Agag will discuss subjects such as autonomous driving, e-mobility, seamless connectivity and new business models that go with it.
According to Simone de Bruin ‟A panel on the future of mobility at DLD Summer Conference, kicked off by the VP of BMW…www.tis.tv
4. A huge bus sliding smoothly through traffic
This Transit Explore Bus is China’s answer to clogged up streets and traffic jams. According to the Guardian this ‘elevated bus is capable of gliding over the nightmarish mega-jams for which urban China has become notorious.’ A prototype will be deployed in the coastal city of Qinhuangdao later this summer:
According to robert utten ‟Would love to see this one in the road! 3D Straddling bus.”www.tis.tv
5. Taking the tubes
In 2013, SpaceX and Elon Musk announced their concept for a high-speed ground transport system called Hyperloop. It is supposed to cut the commute between San Francisco and Los Angeles down to 30 minutes. A design competition for the Hyperloop pods is well underway, and the pods will be tested in the Summer of 2016: