On the Move (2018 | Issue 1)

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Future of Transportation

Since the beginning, mankind has been exploring and probing further and deeper into the unknown. This holds especially true for the transportation sector. New and amazing futuristic vehicles are all set to alter the way we travel in the years to come. What’s Up, Germany? gives you the low-down on what the future of transportation could look like. Get ready to be wowed!

The automobile will be self-driving. That’s what car manufacturers are promising. Electric and autonomous are the buzzwords, and the internet will play an even greater role in your commute. You’ll be able to switch to self-drive mode on highways and relax while the car does all the work! Super Cruise technology from General Motors and Google’s self-driving car have already been developed. We will also have more electric vehicles (EVs) that will take less space and help us navigate through traffic without adding to the pollution.

From Sci-fi to Reality

The action doesn’t stop here! Flying cars are also moving from the world of science fiction into everyday reality. PAL-V’s Liberty and AeroMobil are already taking bookings. Then there’s the Munich-based startup Lilium, which plans to introduce electric flying taxis that can take off vertically. Uber, in partnership with NASA, also plans to jump into the market with their flying taxis by 2020. Can’t wait to fly above traffic jams!

The Hyperloop

Business magnate Elon Musk came up with the Hyperloop concept in 2013: magnetically levitating trains in low-pressure shuttle tubes. He imagined people zipping past at breakneck speeds of up to 700 m/h. And his dream could soon become a reality! He’s hoping to launch the first commercial Virgin Hyperloop One by 2021.

Smart Wheel

FlyKly’s Smart Wheel works as a pedal assist and can easily be fitted on your old bicycle. All you need to do is start pedalling and the motor turns on, allowing you to reach a much faster speed without breaking into a sweat. Did we mention that the company also has a little contraption that can be strapped on your bicycle’s handlebar? It not only holds your mobile phone, but also charges it while you pedal! How cool is that?!

Martin Jetpack

Ever dreamt of owning your own personal flying machine? Well, once it goes into mass production you can buy this ultralight single-person aircraft and fly over your city! The jetpack uses two ducted fans and can soar up to 2,500 feet.

Hovertrax

Skateboarders, it’s time to celebrate without leaving a literal or ecological footprint! Hop onto this self-balancing hoverboard and explore your neighbourhood. With a battery life of one hour, this two-wheeled wonder can go up to 8 m/h and gets fully charged in two hours.

Reconnaissance Copter

This single-seater flyer uses two propellers inserted into the end of its wings to manoeuvre itself. Created by designer Hari Krishnan G, this ultra-lightweight copter aims to provide a personal airborne mobility solution for people.

It’s a Pass!

In January 2018, Berlin’s public transport company BVG and adidas Originals collaborated to bring out a limited edition of 500 sneakers with a metro pass sewn into them! The wearer of the shoes gets to travel free for the rest of the year! Borrowing design elements from Berlin’s subway, the shoes feature the unique upholstery print of the metro’s seats and their yellow and black laces point to the colours of the coaches. At €180 a pair, the sneakers are more expensive than normal ones, but they’re much cheaper than BVG’s annual transit pass. Here’s to more innovative fashion and transport collaborations!

“Frictionless vehicles and binary power will define transportation in the world ahead.”
— Thomas Frey, executive director & senior futurist, DaVinci Institute