Future of Transportation: How New Technology is Changing the Way We Move

New technology has revolutionized the transport industry and transformed how we move around the world. Self-driving cars and SUVs are now being tested on the roads, and the first self-flying taxi service just launched in Dubai. With companies like Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb leading the way, it’s easier than ever to commute from point A to point B with little effort on your part — so long as you don’t mind sticking to mostly pavement or driving through narrow city streets. But what if you want to get out of town? What if you want to go hiking in the mountains or surfing on the coast?

 

Self-Driving Cars

Although it might not seem like it, self-driving cars are already on our streets. Google’s fleet of autonomous vehicles has logged more than 1.5 million miles and may represent a future in which we have less to worry about on our commutes—we can work or read instead of stress about texting while driving. But despite all that automation, don’t expect to see a car without an operator anytime soon. Autonomous vehicles need human operators if they run into trouble, so they will likely be seen alongside traditional cars and trucks for many years to come. Plus, once you get used to having a person drive your car for you (which could take some time), who wants to give up control?

Airplanes with No Pilots

Airlines have been making headlines recently with their announcement to test new technology that will allow them to fly planes without pilots. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has yet to give its official approval for autonomous commercial air travel, but it’s only a matter of time until these systems are widely available.

Uber is Not Going Away Anytime Soon

Uber and Lyft have changed how people move. Before their creation, if you wanted to get a ride somewhere you called a cab company or maybe used public transportation. This was especially true in major cities where owning a car isn’t always practical or cost-effective. With Uber and Lyft, there are now cheaper and more convenient options for getting around town than ever before, which means that cities will need to invest in infrastructure to keep up with these services.

Why Traditional Car Ownership Still Exists

Cars remain popular because they’re convenient and affordable. But, if you can incorporate public transportation and car-sharing into your life (you can use online ride-hailing services like Uber for more one-off trips), it may be wise to eschew a car entirely. Doing so will save you time, money, and stress in addition to reducing your carbon footprint.

Car Maintenance Isn’t Optional Anymore

Your car may be nearing a decade in age, but that doesn’t mean it’s outlived its usefulness. That said, you can’t just neglect it and expect it to run forever—sooner or later, your car will need some TLC, from basic oil changes to more serious mechanical repairs. If you know what you’re doing, most major repairs are relatively simple (and not terribly expensive). And if you don’t know what you’re doing?