We’ve been seeing a string wacky transport ideas promising to be the future of transport, particularly over the last years. While the proponents of them claim that they’re new, it seems the origin of many dates back to old sci-fi magazines from the 50’s and the possible visions of the future they held. I’ve put together a few examples for a bit Friday fun.
Remember that silly bus idea out of China a few years ago that would see the bus straddle over traffic lanes with cars driving underneath it.
The people behind it might be under investigation for fraud but it’s not the first time we’ve seen the idea. Here’s the old version, also known as the Dinosaur Truck.
Recently there’s been an even more absurd idea, gyroscopic bus
Here’s some old versions, although they don’t do the wacky height changes.
Elon Musk made waves a few years ago when he suggested Hyperloop. As often happens in these situations, there are some quickly jump on tech ideas and assume it will solve all problems. But Hyperloop is nothing new and cropped up multiple times in these old visions. Here are a few
And a small, perhaps city sized version. At least you’d get to enjoy the view as you cross the harbour
Maglev pods are another of those ideas that come and go. How about this version that looks like the vehicle is fired like a bullet through the sky. I wonder how it stops and how the stations work?
There are plenty of other ideas. Here are some good ones we haven’t seen yet.
Ever wanted to feel like a bowling ball, well here’s the ball train.
Monorails come up a lot, how about a high speed version? This would certainly make short work of the trip to Hamilton or Tauranga.
Using flying drones for transport has started to be raised, perhaps we could make a big one that looks like a flying saucer?
And finally, we can end the car vs train debate by combining them together.