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Transport solutions will make 'any destination on Earth commutable in 60 minutes'

A combination of Hyperloop, air taxis, and suborbital rockets could enable a traveller to reach any location on earth in 60 minutes, according to new research from consultants Frost & Sullivan.

The 'Evolution of 3rd, 4th and 5th Dimensions of Travel' research suggests the advent of new modes of public transportation will lead to new transportation business models across all three dimensions of travel such as air taxis and hoverbikes in the 3rd; Hyperloop and Maglev trains in the 4th; and suborbital, orbital, and deep space travel in the 5th dimension of travel.

Joe Praveen Vijayakumar, intelligent mobility analyst at Frost & Sullivan, said: “These new modes of transport promise to address the issues associated with the current travel modes—longer commute time, carbon emission, accidents, and traffic congestion—and revolutionise the way people commute.

“Additionally, a combination of Hyperloop, air taxis, and suborbital rocket could enable a traveller to reach any location on earth in 60 minutes.”

Vijayakumar said suborbital travel is expected to become widely commercialised.

However, he also said regulations, infrastructure and the technology required for mass commercialisation of new modes of travel are still in nascent stages and are expected to become mature and standardised by 2050.

Further, Maglev, Hyperloop, and air taxis are expected to be affordable inter- and intra-city modes of transportation in the future, whereas space-based travel modes are expected to be premium priced and aimed only at the ultra-rich initially.

Vijayakumarm said safety is the biggest concern for passengers that will be embracing these next-generation transport technologies.

Frost & Sullivan also suggests that an intelligent and efficient unmanned traffic management system will be essential required for large-scale adoption of air taxis.

Solar power is also expected to be used for 4th dimension modes of travel such as Hyperloop.

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