Together, people can think of new ways to do things. The world’s thriving metropolises are the clearest examples of this. As their populations grow, some of the world’s most populous cities will have the chance to not only influence the future but also help create it. In this article, what are the future of urban transportation.

Over the next decade, there will be a lot of transportation changes coming to our roadways and skylines. The introduction of 5G will usher in a new era of totally autonomous innovation, which will have a profound impact on how we ship things, travel, and get to and from work.

Proponents of these technologies argue that they will improve transportation in a variety of ways, including in terms of security, speed, cost, and impact on the environment. Vehicles fuelled by alternative fuels produce less pollution than those powered by gasoline, delivery drones can allow unmanned last mile of delivery operations, reducing truck emissions, and air taxis will allow people to travel hundreds of miles in a matter of minutes.

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The Future of Urban Transportation

The future of urban transportation is-

1. Automatically Driving Cars

Just imagine being able to take a snooze behind the wheel on a three-hour excursion. Lower latency and quicker processing rates will enable IoT to make choices real-time, making fully autonomous vehicles possible once 5G is fully rolled out. Freight trucks, ships, and other cargo vehicles will also likely adopt autonomous technology to increase delivery efficiency, so don’t think they’ll be left behind when passenger cars go fully driverless.

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2. Alternative Energy

Major automakers are investigating several alternative fuels, including electric cars and hydrogen power. Soon, we should expect to see a shift toward electrified versions of previously diesel-powered modes of transportation, from trains to buses. The chief executive officer of General Motors recently said that the company would stop producing diesel and gas-powered vehicles by 2035, prompting other automakers to announce similar plans.

3. Informational Highways

Our roads and towns are also becoming more advanced thanks to the proliferation of smart technology. With the Internet of Things (IoT) sensors installed, smart roads can monitor road conditions in real-time and issue alerts to passing vehicles. By keeping you updated on road conditions like weather, traffic, and accidents, this system will make driving more convenient and safer for everyone.

4. Passages Below Ground

Elon Musk, inventor and innovator of Tesla, has another plan to revolutionize transportation on our roadways. In an effort to alleviate gridlock in major cities, The Boring Company is developing and testing underground tunnels. The tunnels will make it possible for highways to take on the third dimension by employing a trolley system that lowers automobiles underneath and transports them at high speeds to neighbouring intersections.

This network of tunnels beneath the city would operate much like a toll road, charging a little fee for each trip. The expensive infrastructure that will need to be developed and operated is a huge barrier to innovation, but Musk is certain that the tunnels can become a reality.

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Transportation innovations are also being made in the sky, with the advent of air taxis. Over 20 businesses are now engaged in a race to launch commercial air taxi services. With these affordable air taxis, individuals would be able to quickly and easily travel between thriving urban centres without having to deal with the hassles of commercial air travel.

The customer will be able to book an air taxi with the same ease as other ridesharing apps. The plan is to make the trip between major cities in the area only 30 minutes long, rather of the two or three hours it would take by car (such as the distance between New York City and Philadelphia). Since commercial aviation has been the dominant mode of air travel for so long, regulations are the primary impediment. In less than five years, according to some experts, flying taxis might be a common sight over city streets.

There will be opposition and new rules because of this fascinating mode of transportation. Consumers may be slow to accept new technologies, such as completely autonomous vehicles, and government rules may hamper progress in some regions. The question is less if than when widespread acceptance will occur if the innovators of these new approaches deliver on their promise to address concerns about safety, pollution, and speed.


Shaina Kandel is pursuing an MBA in Sustainable Management at the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. She has a background in Organizational Development and Healthcare Consulting. She is passionate about creating sustainable food systems and improving the health and wellbeing of our communities.

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