Public transport may allow sustainable commutation but passengers have to compromise with comfort and privacy while traveling by a bus or a train. Developed by Russian designer Vitaly Kamyshev, the “Bombardier” is a personal coach compartment that not only allows privacy but also adds luxury to the public transport. Accommodating one person in utmost comfort, the individual compartment includes an armchair, computer panel with TV and multimedia center, place for your bag and wardrobe with drying function. The touch sensitive panel on the table lets you watch TV, listen to the music or surf internet with the touch of a finger. You can use USB-card if you want to open your file or save any information while working on the touchscreen computer. Though the cabin just measures one meter in length, but you can regulate the slope of the chair back to work or stretch your body in comfort.
China is hoping to double the speed of the fastest trains we have today. According to reports, China could soon have maglev trains that run at speeds of 1000kph plying through tubes underground in a couple of years from now. Southwest Jiaotong University claims to be working on 500kph to 600kph trains now, which they could build to hit upwards of 1,000kph inside of vacuum tube where there’s no air friction. These smaller train models will be made with less use of steel and could be ready for daily use in about 10 years’ time, that not until an estimated 10 to 20 million yuan (approx. $2.95 million) has not been spent on the project.
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The Bombardier Eco 4 is a sustainable train that aims to make public transportation more attractive. Designed by Francisco Lupin, the concept is a maglev train that harnesses renewable solar energy as it moves.
An entry at Michelin Challenge Design 2010, the “Biway” by designers Aleshina Ekaterina and Kamyshev Vitaly is an all-electric public transportation, which makes commutation safer and greener in urban environments. The zero-emission public transportation is essentially an all-electric bus to run on city roads, which combines to form a train transport to move on a fiber freeway. The Biway revitalizes its onboard battery while moving on the fiber freeway. In addition, passengers can switch the buses without wasting any time and effort in finding one to their destination.
Rails have always been comfortable and above all economical to travel in; however, the cost involved in building rails and infrastructure to make it run on is always too high. But Anatoly Unitsky comes up with a solution: String Transport Systems that seems too promising. The rail system that can run anywhere between 3 to 30 meters above the ground uses solid steel/concrete rails, reinforced with extremely high tension steel wires running through the middle of the rail. Not only is this but the security features have also been taken into consideration and the system is earthquake, hurricane and terrorist-proof. The rail can support speed over 500kmh and is fully capable to traverse mountains, rough terrains and is adept at crossing shallow waters, desert or forests equally. Additionally, the rail system has minimal environmental impact at the ground level.