1.Hyperloop, the fastest transportation
When we talk about cross-continental travel in a matter of minutes, the first word that pops up in our mind is “impossible”. Yet, that might be about to change with Elon Musk’s new project. The real world Ironman is one of the most successful business operators in the world has commented on a paradigm shifting transportation revolution that will change the way we commute and run logistics, for good.
Elon announced in the All Things D recently that Hyperloop will become the mode of logistics with the utmost efficiency and speed capable of warping passenger from Los Angeles to San Francisco in a mere 30 minutes. If that is true, the conspicuous tube will be bring to life a speed faster than Japan’s bullet train, even.
Can Hyperloop really do it?
The unforeseen speed relies on electromagnetic power. To travel through the tubes at 500 kmp, it’s nemesis is friction. To smoothen out the transport, the internal surface of the tube must yield a minimal friction in a contained low-pressure vacuum space.
The most recent test in the north of Las Vegas saw Hyperloop extremely satisfactory results. The next test is scheduled for early 2017, in conjunction to the official service commencement date in 2020. The price tag for the LA-SF one-way trip is $30US with an 8-year breakeven period.
2. Vehicle to Vehicle Crash-Prevention Regulatory Body
Our blog previously presented Self-Driving Cars on a number of occasions, as it is one of the most talked about technologies of the future. On the regulatory side, the US Transportation Secretary stated recently that all autonomous vehicles are to be equipped with a Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) connectivity for road safety measures, of which is a mechanism that allows vehicles that are transporting en route to communicate with each other through short range 300m radio frequencies, mainly, to exchange information pertaining to speed, distance, destination, accelerations and breaking.
Beyond vehicle to vehicle, communication takes place with surrounding infrastructure and traffic apparatuses, as well, from traffic signals and signs to permissive entrances into various premises, to forewarn the operator of possible, unobservable, risks. Autonomous control can take over the helm to circumnavigate dire situations, predefined of likely to incur substantial harm.
U.S. Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx, noted that systemically commencing the V2V will allow a 360 degree observatory capability in a 300m radius territory. As vehicles move in concert with one another, equivocally, safety is significantly enhanced, as well. Motorway accidents are expected to reduce by 80%.
The driverless journey is becoming more and more interesting by the day, particularly with regards to unfolding global technological trends. Should we be able to apply different technologies to transportation and logistics, roadway operational order and discipline, as well as road safety and security and otherwise lost lives and property damage, will surely benefit by defacto. Innovation, including implementing a new technological system, although time consuming to research, develop and apply in real life, the process is better in progress than procrastinating a world of invaluable techs. The answer includes adjustments from the private sector as well.
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