Monday, November 06, 2006

World in Motion.. India? Standing!

CNN is hosting a competition on the future of transport in the world.. not too many ppl had put in entries.. so the insti secies insisted that some more people write in.. the best entry from the institute wins a video Ipod.. given my past record with luck.. thought i'd write in! :-) it's a week before the results come out!
A regular citizen would be better placed traveling via highly fuel efficient surface transport systems. Road transport infrastructure and machine technology would allow high volume public transport in excess of a couple of hundred km per hour by roads and electric/metro (based on electromagnetic/levitation technologies)trains would form a crosswire across major cities with very high speed movement.

To bypass the congestion in the urban areas, modes of civil aviation would become more accessible. Affluent people would travel by small personal flying machines (vertical aviators not requiring runway/infrastructure) to their offices and there would be rules for air traffic in place within cities. Also, personal flyers will become much more common even for longer distance travel. Aviation across cities/countries would become manifold faster.

The Indian River-linking project would be complete by then, providing a lot of scope to water transport for humans and cargo across the states.

International transport could be through superfast undersea capsule submarines traversing across oceans at current missile speeds, with technology to minimize friction.
In the international arena, technology might reach new frontiers to allow teleportation of human beings. Space travel is likely to become more accessible and space would become a popular tourist destination. Jetpacks, that are seen in superhero films or games right now, would become personal transport systems, in the form of a backpack with jetfuel that can be controlled and steered during high speed flight, accompanied by suits to minimize air friction related harm.
Overall, the world over, technology is likely to radically change the way people travel, but back at home in India, it's unlikely that any radically new technology would be adopted for mass transport solutions. Highly improved versions of the current modes, are likely to be the order of the day.
I'll continue to wander

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