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.



How tech will revolutionize transportation in the 2020s (AI, Hyperloop – 2018-02 – ZDNet)

The last auto mechanic (Electric Motor – 2017-07 –

TransitX’s UltraLight Pods on guideways to replace mass transit in 2018 (Travel Pods/Urban – 2017-05 – TechRepublic)


Elon Musk's hyperloop will give 8-minute rides from downtown LA to the airport for $1 (Hyperloop - 2018-05 - TechRepublic)

Elon Musk detailed plans for The Boring Company’s Loop in Los Angeles, a mass transit system that will carry 16 people and travel at 150 miles per hour through a tunnel. If travel via the Hyperloop becomes a reality, its routes could radically cut down on the time and costs for business and other travelers to get from city to city and country to country.

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California to legalize robot taxis (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-04 - TechRepublic)

The California Public Utilities Commission issued a proposal that would allow self-driving car companies to taxi passengers without a human driver present. The rise of autonomous vehicles could lower the cost of business travel for road warriors, and change the automobile industry forever.

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Drone deliveries in the US could start in mid-2018 (Drone - 2018-03 - TechRepublic)

Limited package deliveries by commercial drones could be coming to the US shortly, overcoming regulatory roadblocks. Australia, Singapore, and Britain are the leaders in drone delivery technology. A food delivery service in Iceland is using autonomous drones to deliver orders, and UAVs are in use in the agricultural space.

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IBM And Maersk start blockchain supply chain company, to be operational 3Q2018 (Blockchain/Shipping - 2018-01 - CoinTelegraph)

IBM and Danish transport and logistics company Maersk are creating a shipping and supply chain company to commercialize Blockchain for all aspects of the global supply chain system, from shipping to ports, and banks to customs offices. Delivery is expected for 3Q2018.



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Tesla’s latest creation: An electric big rig that can travel 500 miles on a single charge (AI/Truck - 2017-11 - Washington Post)

Tesla’s big rig puts the driver at the center of the vehicle, surrounded with touchscreen displays. The trucks produce zero emissions. A fully loaded Tesla truck moving 60 mph can travel 500 miles on a single battery charge. Drivers will need to take a 30-minute break after six or seven hours of driving, giving them a chance to charge the truck. Amongst others, Wal-Mart has ordered five Tesla units in Walmart U.S. and 10 units in Walmart Canada. Competitors will include Volkswagen, the Swedish company Einride, and Uber.


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Autonomous drones with rotors and wheels (Drone/Search&Rescue - 2017-06 - Engadget)

A team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has developed a fleet of autonomous drones that have rotors and wheels, giving them the capability to avoid obstacles on the ground and to go underneath overhead obstructions. The design may also be used for flying cars.

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Vertical takeoff and landing aquatic unmanned aerial vehicle (Drone/Sea-plane - 2017-07 -

A team from the University of Sherbrooke has designed a drone that can take off from water and land, either normally, or by stalling or precision roll. The drone can right-side itself, and its takeoff design is based on that of mallard ducks.

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Blockchain technology promises to deliver a cheaper and more efficient system of managing logistics (Blockchain/Logistics - 2017-12 - The Crunch)

UPS is joining the Blockchain in Transport Alliance, a forum for the development of blockchain technology standards and education for the freight industry. The alliance hopes to spur standards development for the shipping industry as a whole by implementing a secure blockchain system.

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Flying cars could be seen by 2018 (Gyrocopter/Flying Cars - 2017-06 - Futurism)

The Personal Air-Land Vehicle (PAL-V) will be the first flying car for consumers, maybe in 2018 with 2 versions at prices of $335,000 and $555,000. Customers will need both flying and driving licenses, and each car will need 150 hours of flight testing before being approved. Its competitors include AeroMobil and Terrfugia, both using plane-like propulsion systems. Toyota plans a special version for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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Red Cross Land Rover SUV dispatches drones for search and rescue missions (Drone/Emergency Services - 2017-03 - The Verge)

Land Rover has created an unusual version of its Discovery, featuring a quadcopter drone that launches from the top of the SUV. The drone even takes off and lands while the vehicle is moving, and it’s designed primarily for search and rescue missions. The Austrian Red Cross is actively deploying the new Land Rover “Project Hero” vehicles, and trialing the drone.

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The demise of the internal combustion engine (AI/Cars - 2017-07 -

Why the electric engine (18 parts) will replace the Internal Combustion Engine (2,000+ parts), and the implications for the automobile industry (ICE manufacturers and car dealerships, auto parts, car maintenance, gas stations) and related industries (insurance, highway motels and restaurants), and for society in general, and peak oil demand.

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Fly anywhere in the world in less than an hour (Space - 2017-09 - Fast Company)

Elon Musk’s latest vision is to use SpaceX’s reusable rockets to fly anywhere in the world in less than an hour at a cost comparable to full-price airline travel, with a maximum speed of 27,000 km/hr. Water-based launching platforms would be used.

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Vertical takeoff and landing drone flies up to 6 hours (Drone - 2017-07 -

Wirth Research unveiled a vertical take-off and landing drone with a tilt-rotor, that uses a lightweight hydrogen fuel cells as its primary energy source and delivers six hours of flight time with a payload.

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Teaching teams of drones to work alongside humans and nature (Drone - 2017-06 - The Crunch)

One demo in the Robust Adaptive Systems Lab on the Carnegie Mellon campus involves 15 pocket-sized drones lined up, three by five. They lift off in unison; then split into smaller groups, and explore the boundaries of the cage, before converging again and moving around as one. The batting cage is a motion capture arena, designed to track the quadcopters’ choreographed movement with pinpoint accuracy. . Another demo in the arena uses 8 high-powered floor fans to mimic natural wind. The drone slowly adapts to its surroundings.

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Watch a drone playing catch (Drone - 2017-06 -

Researchers at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control at ETH Zurich developed a drone that is able to fly in any orientation, with rotors positioned at different angles. A prototype is shown catching a small ball in a net. The control algorithm is able to generate around 500,000 trajectories/sec, select the smoothest one within 20 milliseconds, and guide the drone from its initial position to catch the ball.

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Timeline for the future of transportation (AI - 2017-05 - The Ringer)

Forecasted earliest public availability of new transportation:
2020 – Driverless Cars and Delivery Drones
2021 – Mass Transit Hyperloop
2023 – Flying Cars
????? – Freight Delivery by Helium-powered Airships
Major time delays are the result of the need for new government travel and safety regulations.

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