Transport has always been the most dangerous and unpredictable aspect of our lives.
But now, as we move closer to the end of the century, what will transport look like?
This column looks at the evolution of transport from the humble train, to the world’s first autonomous vehicle, and the biggest threat we face.
Transportation revolution is on the rise, with carmakers increasingly targeting autonomous cars.
But are the next technologies capable of doing what we need?
And how can we keep up with this evolving reality?1.
The train car is dead The rail industry has been an essential component of our daily lives for centuries.
The cars we use today have been designed to transport goods.
They’re efficient, light, safe, and reliable.
In the early 1800s, the railway was considered the “last bastion of civilization” and people were expected to keep moving.
Today, the rail industry is a massive contributor to the global economy and contributes $1.6 trillion annually to the U.S. economy.
It’s estimated that the total value of the rail network in the United States exceeds $4 trillion.
The most recent major rail overhaul in the U