What Will Travelling Look Like in the Future?
With technology progressing every day and with even the talk of us potentially travelling to Mars, it’s not hard to imagine how the travel industry and our travel habits will change in the future.
Here is how we may travel in the not-so-distant future.
Hyperloop trains may become reality very soon. An Hyperloop is a sealed tube with lower air resistance, through which a vehicle or a pod would travel at high speeds. In open ground, aerodynamic drag slows down the vehicle. The Hyperloop engineers will reduce the amount of air available in the tube to increase the speed. This is the reason for excavations to build tubes. Elon Musk’s team has already made agreements with various countries to have the tubes excavated.
Supersonic flights have died at the end of Concorde. However, technology has improved since then, and it is possible to travel faster with lower energy costs and fewer engines. Besides, NASA is looking for ways to deal with the sonic boom in a project called Quiet SuperSonic Technology. Soon, we may have quiet supersonic passenger jets that reduce flight times drastically. Lockheed Martin is already experimenting with quiet supersonic passenger jet technology with a view to improve it.
Virtual travel uses virtual reality technology to let the user explore a location remotely. These remote tours will allow people to experience a location by zooming into the area that they are interested in. Therefore, you could explore New York City or watch the sunset on Easter Island from your home, simply by putting on a VR headset. Several programs, including Pico Neo 2, HTC Vive Cosmos, and Oculus, provide VR capabilities on mobile devices.
Self-driving or autonomous cars have already roamed the streets. Various travel and tech companies, including Uber and Google, have experimented with autonomous vehicles. Soon, there will be automated taxis available to the public. We are also likely to have autonomous flying taxis where passengers will not need to have a licensed pilot. This will be convenient and cheaper for service providers.
Augmented reality (AR)
Augmented reality is a technology that integrates digital information into the user’s environment. It is an upgrade of virtual reality (VR) because it creates an artificial environment that lets you experience a real-world environment in the area you are exploring.
AR travellers will use special devices such as smart glasses or smartphones loaded with the software. It will be akin to travelling to the location without leaving your seat.
There will also be additional technological changes that will accompany future travel. For example, robots who will have human-like abilities to understand signals and speech will replace concierges. Travel will also be cashless or accept cryptocurrency. Besides, most travel companies and technology providers will look at sustainability as the top priority when offering travel solutions. This will definitely be an exciting, convenient future for travellers.