In 1865, author Jules Verne published a famous novel describing an incredible journey to the Moon via a powerful rocket. Just over a hundred years later, what seem like pure fantasy amazingly came true with the 1969 Apollo 11 Moon landing. Since the days of the old science fiction authors, multiple other predictions have also proven to be highly accurate.
These days, not only are things seriously beginning to match up with the technological expectations of science fiction fans, there are also more than authors making predictions. Here’s a look at some of the remarkable forms of transport expected in the very near future.
We already have driverless electric cars, but at long last, flying cars are finally here. More of a “promise” in a way, than a prediction, flying cars, however, have proven to be a trickier aeronautic feat than anticipated. With the invention of drone technology though, many a childhood dream has arrived. Now, a multitude of different companies are bringing out their own versions of impressive flying passenger vehicles.
Not just a tool for bored billionaires to gain attention, the hyperloop is big contender for the next step in land-based high-speed travel, and with huge development already underway. Using a nearly frictionless pneumatic vacuum tube system, passenger pods will travel at estimated speeds of over 700 mph, or 1127 km/h, faster than most air travel. All you’ll need to do is get onboard and sit back, relax and play a few games of online blackjack real money and you’ll travel huge distances without even knowing it.
If the hyperloop doesn’t work out, there is also the Maglev train. Built on decades of tried and tested technology, this train, which is currently being developed and used in China, also utilises a form of frictionless travel. By essentially levitating over a magnetic track, the train can move at hyper speeds, far higher than any previous model of train. Its high energy requirements, however, will likely make it exclusive to certain regions and countries that can afford to maintain it.
Another pet obsession of the world’s billionaires, space tourism however, is steadily becoming a reality. Now, with companies like SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, and Blue Origin, all vying to be the first to establish themselves in space, a new type of commercial “space race” has begun. Soon, though for a large fee of course, spectacular trips to the Moon might actually become a common occurrence.
The Hover Board
Closer to earth is the hover board, another favourite dream of sci-fi fans, made famous by the 1985 classic movie, Back To The Future. With current technology, this is now actually possible using magnetic levitation similar to the Maglev. However, drone technology is making things even more exciting with amazing flying boards being developed like the Green Goblin’s in the Spiderman comics and movies.
A Future Of Invention
In a way, with such a rapid increase and sheer variety of new and emerging technologies, it is becoming harder even for experts to predict what might eventually take prominence. In the immediate years to come though, the various technologies mentioned above which are largely already in use or otherwise in prototype phase are likely to have a good chance of seeing the light of day.