Personal and public transport

Personal and public transport

In the wake of changes brought in to address growing issues of congestion, pollution and negative behavioural factors relating to current modes of transportation, the concepts of the privately owned vehicle and human-operated bus or train will be alien ones by 2115.

The demands for transport should also diminish in the future, as truly virtual offices spring up and virtual face-to-face technologies continue to improve, reducing the need for people to travel to work.

“The whole idea of enjoyment in driving will be transplanted from everyday travel to a leisure pastime – a karting circuit, rally school or track day event. These will have to be protected environments, because most people will not know how to drive. Almost all road travel will be for simple A-to-B utility.”

Mark Garrett COO, Ricardo plc

Imagine a city where nobody owns a car – or even a driving licence – ‘trains’ levitate magnetically, small electrically powered pods manoeuvre seamlessly through commercial centres, trams are driverless, recycling is collected by autonomous means, car parks are replaced by play parks, and the pavements and streets are safe, quiet and clean places for pedestrians to walk and cyclists to ride. This not only sounds wonderful, but it actually must happen if we are to effectively regenerate and protect our environment and safeguard future generations.

To find out more about how people may live in the future, order a copy of our centenary book, or contact us by email – [email protected].

Our role

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