Technology is in the process of completely transforming all aspects of 4 industries – construction, medicine, retail, and transport – with a significant reduction in the need for human labor. Here is the impact on the Transport Industry:

  • The return of electric-motorized vehicles (invented in 1884; by the early 1900s, nearly 40% of American cars were electric) will decimate the current car industry infrastructure (dealers, maintenance and repair, gas stations). Nearly 20 major countries have stated their intent to phase out combustion engines.
  • The development of autonomous vehicles (cars, buses, trucks, trains, ships, and aircraft) will increase travel safety, while not requiring human control.
  • Vehicle sharing/renting (Uber, Lyft) will reduce car ownership, especially in cities, which will reduce the need for parking spaces, freeing up large areas for pedestrian traffic. Garages will be turned into mini-apartments.
  • High-speed inter-city travel (via trains or hyperloop tunnels) will enable long distance commuting.
  • The time for Inter-continental travel will also be greatly reduced (hyperloop, space travel).
  • Flying taxis will start operating in a few cities world-wide in 2020.
  • Elon Musk has innovative businesses involving many of the above: Tesla (autonomous electric vehicles), Solar City (batteries), The Boring Company (tunnels for hyperloop travel), Space X (hyperloop, inter-continental travel).

The technologies involved in the above include electric motors, energy storage (electric car batteries), AI (autonomous operation), hyperloop (inter-city travel), drones (flying taxis), reusable space shuttles (inter-continental travel), virtual reality (travel booking)..

The number of jobs in the Transport Industry will be significantly reduced:

  • Autonomous operation will eliminate the need for truck drivers and couriers (including pizza delivery drivers), and reduce the need for ship crews and aircraft pilots.
  • Electric cars will reduce the need for car salespeople, distributorships, and mechanics.





HyperloopTT is building a full-scale hyperloop test track in Toulouse (Hyperloop - 2019-03 - Futurism)

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is building a 320 meters (1,049 ft) hyperloop test track in Toulouse, France , which will be used to test its passenger pod in April 2019.

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The Boring Company will give free rides in its test tunnel in December 2018 (Transport - 2018-10 - BigThink)

Elon Musk’s Boring Company will give free rides in its proof-of-concept tunnel in December. The tunnel is about 2 miles long, and contains electric skates that travel at top speeds of around 150 mph.

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Hyperloop is coming to Abu Dhabii in 2019 (Transport- 2018-10 - TechRepublic)

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies plans to bring its low-pressure tube-based transport system to Abu Dhabi in late 2019. The 10 km track is designed for both passengers and cargo, and capsules can travel at speeds of less than 1,223 km/h. Each 30-meter long capsule can hold 28-40 passengers.

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The new commute: How driverless cars, hyperloop, and drones will change our travel plans (Transport- 2018-06 - TechRepublic)

This lengthy article examines the impact of current transport technologies, including: Connected and Autonomous Vehicles; Delivery Drones; Flying Taxis; Hyperloop; and Smart Cities.

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Chicago business travelers may soon be able to take Hyperloop to the airport (Transport/Train- 2018-06 - TechRepublic)

Elon Musk’s Boring Company won the bid to create and operate a high-speed express Hyperloop train from downtown Chicago to Chicago’s International Airport, which could cut travel time to 12 minutes. Each vehicle will feature luggage space and Wi-Fi, allowing business passengers to use computers in transit.

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Elon Musk's hyperloop will give 8-minute rides from downtown LA to the airport for $1 (Hyperloop - 2018-05 - TechRepublic)

Elon Musk detailed plans for The Boring Company’s Loop in Los Angeles, a mass transit system that will carry 16 people and travel at 150 miles per hour through a tunnel. If travel via the Hyperloop becomes a reality, its routes could radically cut down on the time and costs for business and other travelers to get from city to city and country to country.

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Hyperloop technologies could revolutionise travel: here's everything you need to know about the technology and the companies involved (Hyperloop - 2018-03 - ZDNet)

Hyperloop is a new form of ground transport currently in development by a number of companies, which could see passengers traveling at 700 miles an hour in floating pods within low-pressure tubes. The basic concept was proposed in 1910, updated by Elon Musk in 2013, and a production system is expected in 2021. Many initial routes are being considered in the US, Europe, and India. The system would be faster, lower cost, and environmentally better than rail travel over 900 miles.

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Introduction to hyperloop technology (Hyperloop - 2018-03 - ZDNet)

An overview of the history of hyperloop technology, the current state of development, the major players, and current installation plans and costs.

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Mass transit to be prioritized over cars by Boring Company (Hyperloop/Mass Transit - 2018-03 - Futurism)

Elon Musk says his Boring Company is switching focus to prioritize transportation for pedestrians and cyclists over cars. In his concept, a pod fills up with people at ground level with its destination lit up on front and side. The pod descends into a tunnel below to a track, then speeds to its destination at about 200 km/h.

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Indian hyperoop route promises Mumbai to Pune in 25 minutes (Hyperloop/Intercity - 2018-02 - TechRepublic)

An agreement between Virgin Hyperloop One and the Indian government lays the groundwork for building a hyperloop system connecting Mumbai to Pune within seven years. The route is about 100 miles by road and will be traversed in 25 minutes.

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