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6 concepts capable of changing world of transport and passenger transport

With the growth of urban traffic becomes so dense that it is necessary to spend a few hours at a time in traffic jams. Still, many companies are trying to offer a way to solve all these problems through innovation.

Conventional buses can be of little help in this matter. Rather, only complement the already congested streets. Underground is not widely available. Therefore, engineers are seeking a variety of ways. In some cases, traffic is offered to literally go around the top. In others, where it is permissible, to solve the problem with the help of underwater tunnels or special modular transport systems. Our current selection is about these and other ideas of public transport of a new generation. Most importantly, all offered modes of transport in this selection, if desired, can be adapted for less than five years.

Flying “caterpillar train”

This concept suspended train «Caterpillar Train» (or just cTrain), received the award in the MIT Climate CoLab competition, reinterprets something might look like public transport in the near future. The basic idea of such transport is to use large arched bases that will not block city traffic and will quickly move independently of the congestion on the roads located on the arches of suspension lines.

Chinese “portal buses”
The first mention of this concept applies to 2010. Then it was told about the amazing “wide bus” that can literally move above city roads and cars. Chinese engineers have built a working prototype of theTEB-1 machine and carried out the first tests on a closed landfill filled with cars in August this year. The peculiarity of the bus is that it moves on two backbones along the rails. The transport design allows moving along the road and stop at bus stops without blocking the movement of vehicles moving behind it. They can simply drive underneath. It is promised that in the future the bus will be able to carry up to 1,200 passengers at once. Despite the need to use the special guide rails, TEB-1 creators say that it will be much cheaper to adapt such vehicles for road use than building the metro line. And the bus is purely electric.

Self-driving Mercedes-Benz buses

This year, Mercedes-Benz automaker presented the futuristic self-driving bus, which promises a safer, faster and efficient movement around the city. To navigate through the city streets it uses cameras and radar systems. Its predictable style of movement, among other things, reduces fuel consumption, which in turn, reduces harmful emissions into the atmosphere. To date, the Future Bus has been tested on the test track, but Mercedes-Benz is struggling to improve the technology and bring their creation to the open urban streets.


We have already written about the system of super-fast Hyperloop transport, which will allow travelling from one city to another much faster than more conventional methods. Initially, the concept proposed by Elon Musk promises very rapid transportation of passengers and cargo at speeds of up to 1200 kilometers per hour. Last year, the CEO of the Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Dirk Ahlborn said that the use of the system by passengers may be generally free and the company will receive basic income from freight traffic. The first branch of super high-speed transport system might be opened in 2019. The line will be constructed between San Francisco and Los Angeles and will allow travelling between the two cities in just 30 minutes. If trips will really be free, it will seriously increase the popularity of such vehicles among the population.

Norwegian underwater tunnels

Norway plans to build the world's first floating underwater tunnels. In the country of 1100 fjords, one of the main modes of transport is the ferries, but this method of transportation is not always suitable, since it takes a long time. So here, in addition to the already existing networks of conventional tunnels, it is planned to add a network of underwater floating bridges. They will be located at a depth of 30 meters and will be wide enough for the construction of two-lane roads. Among other things, the construction of the underwater tunnel will contribute to solving the problems associated with the construction of conventional tunnels, which often have to be routed through a complex terrain relief. The project of underwater tunnels, estimated at $ 25 billion, is planned to be finished by 2035.

Modular transport system Clip-Air

Perhaps the most amazing concept in today's selection is a modular transport system Clip-Air, consisting of capsules, which can carry both people and cargo, depending on the chosen configuration. Interestingly, these modules can be used not only for air transport. If desired, they can be adapted for use as a train wagon, which, in turn, eliminates the need for long-term transplantation from one type of transport to another. Freight shipment in this case can be considerably simplified: there will be no need to spend a lot of time, money and energy for discharging of one cargo transport (e.g. truck) and loading of another (for example, a cargo plane). All that is needed is to unhook a module from one transport and attach it to the other loaded with cargo or passengers on board.



  • November 4, 2016 4:02 PM MSK