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Full speed ahead
Read about 3 projects that show that the future of road transportation is bright.
What was once on the road is now flying in the air.
To quote Doc Brown from the movie Back to the Future: “Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads.”
The Slovak company Aeromobil wants to provide people with an automobile that transforms into an airplane within seconds. So far, it seems that the project is a success. The current version of this prototype, AeroMobil 3.0, incorporates significant improvements and has been in testing since October 2014.
Other producers of flying cars that literally aim high include Zee.Aero (belonging to Google’s co-founder Larry Page), PAL-V, Terrafugia and many more.
The cars that we were driving are now driving themselves.
When mentioning Google, we can't forget about the Google self-driving project.
The K.I.T.T. car in the TV series Knight Rider was able to communicate and drive on its own.
Google is working on this goal since 2009. They use special sensors, radars, lasers and software that handle the driving. You do not need a steering wheel or pedals with this technology.
Sun rays that we hid from in our cars are now powering them.
In one episode, K.I.T.T. was teased about the kind of fuel he runs on: “You run on gas? Not hydrogen or plutonium or something really cool I've never heard of?”
He responded: “My system is largely solar powered and recycles 91% of its expended energy, allowing a ratio of 167 miles travelled for every gallon of fuel burned.”
In Norway, they decided that no matter how tall the mountain, it cannot block the sun, so they built the world's first solar road in 2014, named SolaRoad. It was made using crystalline silicon solar cells. The team behind the bike path is the Netherlands’ TNO Research Institute. Harvesting and converting the power of sun into sustainable electricity? Someday they even want to power electric vehicles driving on this solar road.
In our opinion, that is pretty cool.
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