The Future in Transportation

We have discussed futuristic cars and potential laws that would cater to such inventions, but we have not discussed vehicles that will take passengers to space. SpaceX has announced that two space tourists will be boarding a company ship to travel around the moon. The trip is scheduled to depart in 2018. Meanwhile, the tourists are required to train and undergo fitness tests this year in order to prepare for the maiden voyage. The company will use the same launch pad that was used during the Apollo programs in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This trip will mark the first time humans have travel past low orbit since 1972. "This would be a long loop around the moon. It would skim the surface of the moon, go quite a bit further out into deep space and then loop back to Earth," Elon Musk, the company’s founder, said in a statement. SpaceX has also announced that they plan on making more trips to space with civilian passengers after the maiden voyage is complete. So what is company’s main goal? “To accelerate space exploration, ultimately with the idea of a self-sustaining civilization on Mars and making humanity multi-planetary," Musk stated. It appears that though the possibility of civilian space travel and vehicles will be abundant in the near future. 

If you are still interested in traveling by car and don’t have the desire to leave this planet anytime soon, then here’s a quick update: 

Ford is taking steps forward to produce 3D-printed cars. The automaker promises lighter vehicles, which will ultimately save drivers time and money. The cars will require considerably less fuel in addition to being able to travel longer distances between fueling. 

Nevada is allowing EHang, a Chinese tech company, to test the very first passenger drone taxi. The drone will be capable of carrying a single person in the air for up to twenty-three minutes. Experts assume it will be a while before people start seeing personal aircrafts hovering above roadways. The Guardian stated, “"Fully autonomous road vehicles are unlikely to be widely available until the middle of the next decade, the time when commuters can simply jump in a flying autonomous taxi drone to get to work appears to be some time off yet." Although it may take some time, drone transportation may await us in the future.

 

Information derived from Space.com and NPR

Image via SpaceX