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Transport

Commuting in the future will be efficient, eco-friendly and easy to use

2015
Hybrid cars will account for 30 per cent of the new car market

2020
Sea travel will involve the use of hydrogen-powered yachts and ships. The ships of the future will look vastly different. Giant cruise ‘mother ships' will be able to launch fleets of smaller vessels.

2030
Intelligent cars will auto-drive. Exclusive automated highway networks will allow such cars to self-pilot across cities and even continents. The networks will interact with the onboard computer, sensors and actuator systems in the car.

Space tourism will be common. (There are plans to build multi-purpose, commercial space stations that will include hotels, research facilities and venues for zero-gravity sports)

Automated flying drones will transport humans. Developing a well-functioning delivery drone network will pave the way for confidence in it. Unmanned aerial vehicles will be safer than those prone to human error (such as 2D vision)

2040
Production of cars run by water will start

First manned trip to Mars

The predictions are compiled from the writings of futurists Alvin Toffler, author of Future Shock and The Third
Wave; Ian Pearson, a futurologist with Futurizon who is credited to have an "85 per cent accuracy at the 10 year
horizon"; Patrick Dixon, business consultant and head of trends forecasting company Global Change; Ray
Kurzweil, author and inventor with interests in optical character recognition and speech recognition; and Thomas
Frey, executive director and senior futurist at the DaVinci Institute; among others

(This story was published in Businessworld Issue Dated 12-12-2011)




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