China is already well renowned for its high-speed railway system and this time it has obliterated the previous record for the world’s fastest high-speed train with its latest bullet train. The new train that will operate between Shanghai and Hangzhou, the capital of East China’s Zhejiang province reached a speed of 415km/h during the trial run.
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Increasing number of persona vehicles causing messy jams has just stranded the city roads, and not to talk about the environmental pollution. Addressing the issue, the “Tube” is an innovative commutation concept that combines the personal and public vehicles to make cities a better place for the residents. Comprised of three main elements, including a high-speed (160km/h) rail network, peripheral parking structures and a subscription service, the new transport system commutes passengers within built-up urban areas without the need of personal vehicles. For the system includes monocycles, parked in 9-meter tall vertical structures placed on the outskirts of the city. Measuring 700 mm in width, the monocycle accommodates two passengers in comfort to move around the city. And when not in use, the monocycles can be transported using the high-speed train from one station to another.
After boasting the largest tram network in the world, which plays a major part in life of many, the City of Melbourne will witness the classic means of transportation stepping towards a greener future. Australian designer Simon Colabufalo has built a tram vehicle that is powered by electric energy. Hailed the “Metrotopia,” this two-seater vehicle moves on a single rubber ball that allows great flexibility and mobility.
The Fraunhofer System Research envisions the future as transport without emitting those dreadful fumes and carbon into our atmosphere. Working on a large-scale project to come up with the public transport of tomorrow, the Fraunhofer research team has developed something it calls the “AutoTram”. Presently under research, the vehicle is designed to be as a tram and as flexible as a bus.
Concorde, the Spitfire, Rolls Royce and the Routemaster bus successfully established Britain as a champion in the 20th century global design marketplace. British designers Priestmangoode have conceptualized a bullet train which they believe could be the British design icon of 21st century.