I at Stuttgart train station, where on a Large construction site the future project Stuttgart 21 is slowly taking shape, we discovered an exhibition about the means of transport of the future. Under the title “Mobility of the Future”, various ideas and studies will be shown on how we should travel in the future. The Stuttgart-Ulm e.V. rail project provided us with the images for our gallery. Including a two-wheeled electric car, futuristic high-speed trains, autonomous airships and other unusual visions. Let's go with OneCar:
Two-wheeled electric car with variable modules
Small, agile and extremely variable - that's OneCar. Industrial designers Vincent Chan and Alberto Sebastiani want to drive into the future with their electric car. The vehicle concept consists of a two-wheeled electric vehicle and various, variable modules. These can be docked to the electrically powered main unit so that the OneCar should be suitable for every use. The electric vehicle has space for only one person, batteries and drive unit. The range is 80 km. The batteries are charged via a socket for a charging cable on the rear of the vehicle. Or you can simply replace the replaceable battery. The top speed of the OneCar is a modest 60 - 70 km /h.
Hyperloop trains reach up to to 1,225 km /h
The 'Hyperloop' is completely different. These cabins, which look like projectiles, are said to shoot through tubes at speeds of up to 1,225 km /h despite passengers on board. The Hyperloop system is the future vision ofTesla founder Elon Musk. According to the previous concept, the trains should run in two parallel tubes. In these there is a strong negative pressure, the trains themselves run on an air cushion that compressors generate with the help of air sucked in in front of the train capsule. In the capsules, up to 28 passengers should be able to travel almost at the speed of sound. In the interior, a display projects landscape images onto the wall. In addition, each passenger has their own entertainment system.
The modern trains are driven by asynchronous long-stator linear motors, as they are already used on the Transrapid magnetic levitation train. These motors set the object they drive not in a rotary but in a longitudinal movement. Solar cells are provided on the top of the tubes for the energy supply. In an emergency, there are electrically powered wheels that can also be braked.
Also the Mercury Train, the Airoliner 3000 and the Next Generation Train rely on the principle of magnets and want to revolutionize rail transport of the future. Unlike in the Hyperloop, however, their goal is to visualize the driving experience for the passengers: They want to offer a better view of the surrounding area and make the interior more attractive with innovative materials.
Start-up is planning Hyperloop test track in Denver
The start-up Arrivo from Los Angeleshas now reached an agreement with the authorities of the US state of Colorado to build a Hyperloop test track in Denver.
Arrivo is building on this project, which is to be built along a main thoroughfare near Denver Airport another technique. Instead of in a vacuum, special magnetic sleds are supposed to take cars piggyback and transport them. This also means a significantly slower transport. According to media reports, Arrivo in Denver is planning sled speeds of 200 miles per hour (about 321 km /h). That's still enough to cut the average travel time from the airport to downtown Denver from around 50 minutes to nine minutes. In addition, civil engineering is saved - the pipes in Denver are to be built above ground. The elevated rails were one of the main points of criticism of the long-faded Transrapid magnetic levitation train project.
Arrivo plans to invest 10 to 15 million US dollars in the test track. The first construction workers are expected to arrive in 2019, and the maiden voyage is to be started in 2021.
Elon Musk is drilling under Los Angeles
Tesla founder and father Elon Musk's Hyperloop idea is probably already further. In May 2018, his Boring Company almost finished the first tunnel in Los Angeles, according to an Instagram post. In a few months he wants to start free demonstration drives for ordinary people. Later, trips in the cabins called pods will be “cheaper than a bus ticket”.
Hyperloop route in China
Hyperloop Transportation Systems, one in 2013 Company founded in the USA with over 800 employees has now been awarded the contract for a test track in China. A contract for the establishment of a local joint venture was signed with the administrative authorities of the province of Guizhou in southwest China.
Hyperloop Transportation Systems is to provide the development work and the material for the construction of an initially ten-kilometer test track, local partners will be take care of the permits and construction on site. A Chinese investor contributes 50 percent of the costs. There is just as little talk about their amount as about a schedule for the completion of the line in the city of Tongren with approx. 4.2 million inhabitants.
Hyperloop in the Port of Hamburg?
The fast movement in tubes new possibilities. The logistics industry also wants to benefit from Hyperloop technology.
According to media reports, the Hamburg port group HHLA and the American company HTT (Hyperloop Transportation Technology) have started a cooperation to research transport systems for ship containers.
A hyperloop station is to be built at the Altenwerder container terminal. Containers that have to be reloaded from one ship to another or onto trains and trucks could be transported from one location to another at high speed through the vacuum tubes.
Transport within the port area by truck or forklift is no longer necessary , which ensures less traffic and pollutant emissions and significantly reduces the handling speed per container. According to the calculations, up to 4,100 shipping containers could be transported per day.
The airport without waiting times
A lot should change in the air as well. The Horizon system shows what flying could look like from 2050 onwards: In the future, passengers will check in at the Skystation.Security checks are now carried out by a scanner. After the inspection, the journey continues to the baggage area, where passengers put their bags on a conveyor belt. You can spend the remaining time until departure in a waiting room - the 'Augmented Reality Shop' - or in a bar. Then it's into a gondola.
Gondolas dock with flying wings at 250 km /h
The gondolas dock with a flying wing - the 'SkyShip'. The passengers are already traveling at around 250 km /h as far as the plane. The cabs accelerate to this speed by electrical induction. Five to six gondolas can attach to the modern aircraft. The SkyShip is an unmanned flying object, like a drone, and flies autonomously. It does not need fossil fuels for the drive because it is operated purely electrically. The flying wing does not have to be charged either, as the batteries charge automatically as soon as new capsules dock. The wings float above a magnetic levitation train. Once in the air, the capsules open and passengers can switch back and forth between the gondola and the flying wing to go on a tour of discovery.
With the SkyWay and the SkyTrain it should be possible in computer-controlled, magnetic vehicles to float across the streets. You can see exactly what this looks like and what other futuristic means of transport are available in our picture gallery.