Movement is a necessity for human life, therefore, transportation holds great importance in the vitality of the residents of an area. Engineers and researchers are constantly coming up with ways to revolutionize the way we travel. With the advancements in the fields of science and technology, we take a look at how transportation may shape up in the near future. This article primarily focuses on transportation across relatively shorter distances.
Fuel Cell Electric Cars
A fuel cell electric car is simply an electric car which uses the very environment friendly fuel cell instead of a battery to power its own board electric motor, using oxygen and compressed hydrogen. The hydrogen is stored in a storage tank at the back of the car to increase driving range. This technology will provide for highly efficient travel. The heart of the car will be the fuel cell stack. The stack converts the stored hydrogen gas with oxygen from the air into electricity, which powers the car’s electric motor. Such cars are already in advanced development, with companies such as Honda taking interest in this revolutionary technology.
As the name implies, these vehicles will work on the same basic principle as ‘hoverboards’ such as those being developed by Lexus. These vehicles may be used for short distance travel and have the capacity to accommodate two people. The hover capsules will use the air to produce an upward force. The props will push the air downwards resulting in an upward force on the motors. It will be powered by hydrogen 3 isotope which is radioactive and release large volumes of energy on the slightest contact with heat. The capsules will also have an extensive cooling systems using the flow of water to maintain temperature. While such capsules are not known to be in extensive development at the moment, we believe such capsules have the potential to become a routine part of our lives in the future.
These may prove to be the replacement for trains in the coming decades and will allow for fast and comfortable travel. They may attain speeds up to 700 km/h. These highly stable magnetic levitation trains will hover over the track and will not have physical contact with it. A prototype of a magnetic levitating railway car was demonstrated in New York in as far back as 1913! Such trains are currently operating in some of the most technologically advanced companies such as South Korea and Japan, therefore, we can expect this technology to take over the world in the coming years.
All of the above-mentioned transport are very environment friendly and highly efficient. Adoption of such technologies on a large scale holds the key to greener and faster future. This article is just a glimpse into the technologies of the future!