Technology is in the process of completely transforming all aspects of 4 industries – construction, medicine, retail, and transport – with a significant reduction in the need for human labor. Here is the impact on the Transport Industry:

  • The return of electric-motorized vehicles (invented in 1884; by the early 1900s, nearly 40% of American cars were electric) will decimate the current car industry infrastructure (dealers, maintenance and repair, gas stations). Nearly 20 major countries have stated their intent to phase out combustion engines.
  • The development of autonomous vehicles (cars, buses, trucks, trains, ships, and aircraft) will increase travel safety, while not requiring human control.
  • Vehicle sharing/renting (Uber, Lyft) will reduce car ownership, especially in cities, which will reduce the need for parking spaces, freeing up large areas for pedestrian traffic. Garages will be turned into mini-apartments.
  • High-speed inter-city travel (via trains or hyperloop tunnels) will enable long distance commuting.
  • The time for Inter-continental travel will also be greatly reduced (hyperloop, space travel).
  • Flying taxis will start operating in a few cities world-wide in 2020.
  • Elon Musk has innovative businesses involving many of the above: Tesla (autonomous electric vehicles), Solar City (batteries), The Boring Company (tunnels for hyperloop travel), Space X (hyperloop, inter-continental travel).

The technologies involved in the above include electric motors, energy storage (electric car batteries), AI (autonomous operation), hyperloop (inter-city travel), drones (flying taxis), reusable space shuttles (inter-continental travel), virtual reality (travel booking)..

The number of jobs in the Transport Industry will be significantly reduced:

  • Autonomous operation will eliminate the need for truck drivers and couriers (including pizza delivery drivers), and reduce the need for ship crews and aircraft pilots.
  • Electric cars will reduce the need for car salespeople, distributorships, and mechanics.



Uber to offer flying taxi service by 2020 (AI/Flying Taxis – 2017-04 – ZDNet)



You’ll take your first ride in a flying car before 2030 (Drone - Flying Taxis - 2019-08 - Singularity Hub)

The history and future of flying cars! Smartphone components gave rise to autopilot control of drones, and the large drones that are flying cars or taxis. Four current challenges and time lines: Autopilot data (2022), Autonomous flight (2023), Batteries for flight time (2025), Government regulation (2029).

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Volocopter revealed its first commercial autonomous flying taxi (Drone - Flying Taxis - 2019-08 - Engadget)

The German company, Volocopter, revealed its first commercial autonomous flying taxi. The 18-rotor, electric vertical takeoff and landing VoloCity can travel 35 km at 110 km/hr, carrying two passengers and their hand luggage.

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Uber Air flying taxi service to be trialled in Melbourne (Drone/Flying Taxis - 2019-06 - ZDNet)

Melbourne joins Dallas and Los Angeles as pilot cities trialling Uber’s flying taxi service, Uber Air. Test flights start in 2020, with commercial planned for 2023. Uber Air is an “urban aviation ride-sharing product”, which will ease traffic congestion on the ground.

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Flying taxis will be operational in the 2020s (Flying Taxis/AI - 2019-02 - MIT Technology Review)

In the 2020s, many small autonomous, electric airborne vehicles may be operational, especially on city-center-to-airport routes. Some are drone-like, with 4-18 rotors. Most are fixed-wing craft with propellers that point upwards for vertical takeoff and landing, and tilt forward for flight.

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A close look at uberAIR, a ridesharing network for the sky (AI/Flying Taxis - 2018-05 - TechCrunch)

Uber’s flying taxis present new ways to shorten trips made long by distance or traffic congestion. Uber plans to start testing air taxis in 2020 with start-up in 2023. uberAIR will offer aerial electric ride-hailing and other air transport services, which will be cheaper than car ownership on a per-passenger, per-mile basis, as well as eventually autonomous. Partnerships are being developed with cities for testing, 70+ companies to provide eVTOLs, skyports, and batteries, and the FAA and NASA for ar traffic control.

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Personal, robotic transportation by drone will be tested in Dubai and Las Vegas (Drone/Flying Taxis - 2018-02 - Popular Science)

A major Chinese drone maker is testing it’s Ehang 184 flying taxi, providing personal, robotic transportation by drone. After >1,000 tests in a broad range of conditions, more test will start in Dubai and Las Vegas. It can fly for 10 miles at speeds of up to 80 mph, but for only 23 minutes. Competitors include Airbus.

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Rolls-Royce plans to create a flying taxi (Transport/Flying Taxis- 2018-07 - TechRadar)

Rolls-Royce plans to create an ‘electric vertical take-off and landing’ flying taxi that could carry 4-5 passengers at speeds up to 250 mph for about 500 miles.

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Drones hauling a 20lb load for 500 miles and landing on a moving target (Drone/Courier - 2018-05 - The Edge)

Start-up Volans-i’s drones can travel up to 500 miles carrying 20 pounds of cargo at a top speed of 200 mph. They use fixed wings, along with vertical-take-off-and-landing systems, for flight, and both batteries and fuel for propulsion. They can take off or land on any flat 15×15 ft platform.

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