Travel In Time: 3 Transportation Systems That Will Define Future Smart Cities
India is riding high on its Smart Cities Mission. With the submission of proposals, an announcement of shortlisted cities, and funds being raised for the development, the country is all set to witness some of the most innovative systems that will make these cities 'smart'. One of the key innovations that the citizens will look forward to is the transportation system, which is a challenge in the current scenario. These smart cities, to live up to their 'smart' tag, will have to come up with innovative transportation systems that are efficient both functionally and environmentally.
MakaanIQ lists latest transportation systems that have become a reality and can change the face of Indian smart cities.
Imagine small pods running around a city on their own. Being developed by many, the smart technology of driverless cars is among one of the most commonly developed technology for transportation. Interestingly, it has been implemented in Masdar City, one of the world's first zero-carbon cities situated in Abu Dhabi. Moreover, a driverless car is also being developed by the search giant Google. While cars in Masdar operate on solar energy, the one being developed by Google is electrically charged. Also, being developed by the likes of Tesla, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Google and Audi, these cars move on a set path and use radar sensors dotted around the car to detect the position of vehicles nearby.
Energy-efficient, these compact cars can accommodate up to four people.
Living in India, we all have witnessed ample traffic snarls. To overcome this, a smart innovation has been unveiled in China. Being termed as transit elevated bus, this is an interesting invention, where the bus at an elevation can move right above the traffic without adding to the existing number of vehicles. These buses are large in size (almost like a flyover panel) thus, accommodating a large population in one go. These buses are powered by electricity and run on a defined track with a 21-m-long structure, thus, saving on space and fuel.
An innovation that will be a reality soon in India's Millennium City Gurgaon are the driverless taxi pods. What makes these pods different from the driverless cars are that these will be on a ropeway. Similar to Skytran, a NASA-partner startup, this innovative electricity-run transportation system is expected to lower congestion woes and also bring down fuel consumption and pollution levels.