The modern world requires more modern methods of transportation and if technology is anything to go by, it won’t be long where the Evacuated Travel Tube (ET3) and the Flying Bicycle might just be the way forward. After all, what other options are there apart from the ET3 which is eco-friendly, fast, comfortable and most importantly affordable or the flying bicycle where you can get from point A to point B by lifting the 2-wheel vehicle off the air?
The ET3 is referred to as the ‘Space Travel on Earth’ and much like a scene out of a sci-fi movie, it is just that it looks like where passengers can travel in capsules which are ‘channeled’ from one point to another. The ET3 is designed to be low-cost and safe, using electric as its energy source. It runs on ‘tubes’ in which the capsules travel very quickly and swiftly. In fact, the design of the ET3 is so futuristic that it will be a lot quicker than airplanes. The initial speed for the ET3 is at 600km/h while they are looking at a 6,500km/h travel for international routes.
Without the need for traffic and other red-tape, you probably get from Beijing to New York in a matter of 2 hours.
If you prefer to ‘drive your own’ vehicle and surely for shorter trips, the flying bicycle could well be the answer. John Foden and Yannick Read recently unveiled their invention, the Xplore Air Paravelo which basically is a flying bicycle.
You might not expect this vehicle to be very fast as it will travel only up to 15 miles per hour on the road while another 10 miles faster when lifted. From there, it could hover up to 4,000 feet above ground which is quite high already.
The vehicle comes with a trailer where the fuel and fan are both installed and made using the type of aluminum used to manufacture aircrafts. It functions very much like a standard bicycle when on the ground where the trailer can be disconnected and if you want to fly, then you can attach the trailer on. However, taking off might be quite challenging as you need a long stretch of open ground but once you are airborne, you could be flying for up to 3 hours which means that you can get pretty far with this one. The only issue perhaps is whether the authorities are ready to accept this as a new mode of transport.