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.




Hyperloop technologies could revolutionise travel: here's everything you need to know about the technology and the companies involved (Hyperloop - 2018-03 - ZDNet)

Hyperloop is a new form of ground transport currently in development by a number of companies, which could see passengers traveling at 700 miles an hour in floating pods within low-pressure tubes. The basic concept was proposed in 1910, updated by Elon Musk in 2013, and a production system is expected in 2021. Many initial routes are being considered in the US, Europe, and India. The system would be faster, lower cost, and environmentally better than rail travel over 900 miles.

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Introduction to hyperloop technology (Hyperloop - 2018-03 - ZDNet)

An overview of the history of hyperloop technology, the current state of development, the major players, and current installation plans and costs.

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Mass transit to be prioritized over cars by Boring Company (Hyperloop/Mass Transit - 2018-03 - Futurism)

Elon Musk says his Boring Company is switching focus to prioritize transportation for pedestrians and cyclists over cars. In his concept, a pod fills up with people at ground level with its destination lit up on front and side. The pod descends into a tunnel below to a track, then speeds to its destination at about 200 km/h.

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Indian hyperoop route promises Mumbai to Pune in 25 minutes (Hyperloop/Intercity - 2018-02 - TechRepublic)

An agreement between Virgin Hyperloop One and the Indian government lays the groundwork for building a hyperloop system connecting Mumbai to Pune within seven years. The route is about 100 miles by road and will be traversed in 25 minutes.

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Hyperloop breaks another high-speed record at 385km/h (240 mph) (Hyperloop/Tube Travel - 2017-12 - TechRepublic)

Virgin Hyperloop One achieved a new speed record of 240 mph last week at its Nevada test track Richard Branson is to become chairman. It has projects underway in the UAE, US, Canada, Finland, the Netherlands, and India. In June, the company announced 9 potential European routes, connecting 75 million people in 44 cities and spanning 5,000 km. It plans to have 3 Hyperloop systems in service by 2021.

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China Is planning a 2,500mph "Flying Train" to compete with Elon Musk's Hyperloop (Hyperloop/Flying trains - 2017-09 - Big Think)

China’s state-run space contractor China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation is starting research on a “high-speed flying train” that would reach top speeds of 4,000 km per hour (or 2,485 miles per hour), 10 times the speed of the fastest current bullet train (also Chinese). The concept involves a passenger pod propelled by magnetic levitation through a tube in near-vacuum.

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Hyperloop pod breaks own high-speed record at 355km/h (220mph) (Hyperloop/Tube Travel - 2017-08 - BBC News)

This week saw the first tests of prototype carriages or pods on a one-mile-long test track near Los Angeles. A pod made by a German student team came top in this competition. Tests managed to propel one of its pods at 355km/h (220mph), a new record for the technology – only days after a separate prototype hit 324km/h.

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Hyperloop One achieved speeds of 192 mph at its 500-meter DevLoop track in the Nevada desert (Hyperloop - 2017-08 - TechRepublic)

Hyperloop One achieved speeds of 192 mph in its 2nd trial at its 500-meter DevLoop test track in the Nevada desert, traveling 300m. (In its 1st trial, it achieved 69 mph.)

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Hyperloop One's full system nails first vacuum tube test run (Hyperloop/Train - 2017-07 - ZDNet)

Hyperloop’s first test in a vacuum tube was carried out on May 12 at Hyperloop’s DevLoop track in the Nevada desert, where the bare-bones sled cruised for 5.3 seconds above the track using magnetic levitation. The vehicle achieved 2Gs acceleration and hit its target speed of 70mph. The company will now begin work on the next test, targeting 250mph.

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Hyperloop One unveils its new European highways (Hyperloop/Intercity - 2017-06 - TechRepublic)

Nine potential routes, connecting 75 million people in 44 cities, spanning 5,000km, were made public at Hyperloop One’s Vision for Europe Summit. The transport system uses electromagnetic-powered sleds accelerated through vacuum-sealed steel tunnels at speeds of up to 750mph. In the company’s first open-air test of the technology last year, a pod was propelled to more than 100mph over a short track.

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Travel by Hyperloop from Amsterdam to Paris in less than an hour by 2021 (Hyperloop - 2017-06 - ZDNet)

Dutch startup Hardt Global Mobility unveiled Europe’s first Hyperloop test facility in Delft to develop its own transportation system for passengers and freight with support from the government, University and investors. Hardt plans to build a high-speed test facility in 2019 and to start commercial travel in Europe in 2021.

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Elon Musk confirms what the Boring tunnels are for (Hyperloop - 2017-05 - Futurism)

Elon Musk’s Boring Company is building a tunnel that can also run the Hyperloop. (A transport system uses propulsion based on electromagnetism that could propel pods in vacuum-sealed steel tunnels at speeds up to 760 mph.)

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Hypersonic tube transport may replace airliners (Hyperloop/Tube Travel - 2017-04 - TechRepublic)

Hypersonic Transport operates at speeds of 3.8 to 7.7K mph. First proposed by Elon Musk in July 2012. A US company, ET3 (Evacuated Tube Transport Technologies), hs a vision of traveling in car-sized passenger capsules from the US to India in 3 hours for $50.

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Hyperloop technology could reduce costs to <10% of flying (Hyperloop - 2017-04 - TechRepublic)

Daryl Oster, CEO of ET3, said that tubes, which enable car-sized passenger capsules, could be optimized for value, and could reshape how people travel, reducing labor and fuel costs to less than a tenth of the cost of flying.

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