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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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The Smart Transport October 2020 Conference - 'Connecting policy to solutions'

The Smart Transport Conference returns in October 2020, in Manchester. 

'Connecting policy to solutions'

October 27, 2020

The UK's most important meeting place for senior public policy makers and influential private sector leaders

Showcasing real-time solutions to government policy

Six important reasons to attend the Smart Transport Conferences:

1. Join the country’s most influential smart transport stakeholders focused on delivering accessible and sustainable transport for all –   showcasing private sector capabilities with government policy.
2. Listen to the UK’s leading policy-makers provide clarity on the government’s smart mobility outcomes and road to implementation.
3. Hear directly from a diverse range of private sector leaders in intelligent transport – sharing their passion and vision to bring ‘mobility for all’ into the mainstream. 
4.Engage in ground-breaking debate, network and collaborate with other senior smart transport experts on the practical steps needed for private sector solutions to turn the government’s vision into reality.
5. Identify the most important current and emerging commercial opportunities as government policy turns in to action and investment.
6. Listen to unique multimodal content that breaks down the silos in transport and is not replicated elsewhere.

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