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Since everyday life during the lockdown has had the appearance of an extremely bland dystopian science fiction movie, we thought we’d take a look at more hopeful visions of the future, specifically in the field of transportation!

The importance of how we get about is one of the most important aspects of describing any time period - it reflects technology, social class and conjure up romance and excitement.  So here’s what we found out…

Test your knowledge of Spaceships

If you want to learn more about real-life space exploration and the history behind it make sure you watch Chasing the Moon - a documentary currently on the BBC iPlayer that’s all about the space race in the 60’s

For those of you who know your fictional space ships (is there any other kind?) you might want to give this futuristic vehicle quiz a try

It contains questions like:

  • What space ship has a glowing midsection that resembles a firefly or
  • What spaceship’s official name is NCC-1701 

Futuristic Trains

Interestingly futuristic visions of public transport don’t come up too often in Science Fiction - they are often treated as an after thought or, commonly, just something to destroy!

In lists like this one of favourite futuristic vehicles or this one of iconic spaceships they don’t get a look in (unless you count huge spaceships designed to carry thousands of people)

For those specifically interested in futuristic trains we found a Pinterest page dedicated to Futuristic Train Designs & Concepts - but I still prefer the romance of a big, bulging steam train.  All those sleek lines are no fun!

For a slightly more old-school take on a futuristc train design a good recent example is the 2014 film (and now TV series) SnowPiercer.

Futuristic Vehicles in reality

Every year the CES show showcases the most eye popping and innovative concepts and designs for cars (It’s held in January so they managed to squeeze in 2020’s event before the lockdown)

This years event contained news about the evolution of the idea of flying cars (and idea which has been rattling around for a long time) - specifically for application in taxi transport, with giant company Uber sharing it’s desire to have thousands of vertical take off vehicles in city around the wold.

The concept of shared transport is currently big in future visions of transportation - presumably because it makes the goal of automated travel more realistic.

Transport technologists have made up an acronym for the direction it’s all going: CASE, which stands for Connected, Autonomous, Shared and Electrified.

(You can read more about automated transport in one of our previous blog posts too!)

All we know is, whilst we’d love it if the future of cars looked like the image above, it’s more likely to look like the image below - so we’ll try not to get too excited!

Is there anything we should’ve mentioned?

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By Alastair Baker at 2 Jun 2020, 00:00 AM