Here we are in the future, yet we’re still wasting time stuck in traffic and trussed in a pressurized cabin for long hours in flight. For the speed boost that was promised us in so many futuristic movies, look to these three technologies.
Segway/General Motors EN-V
The Segway Personal Transporter was billed as revolutionary, but you still don’t see lots of people riding to work on them. The commuter version of the machine has a top speed of 20 kilometers per hour (12.5 miles per hour), faster than walking, but still too slow to get you across town. So how about making the Segway more like, um, a car? The scooter maker collaborated with General Motors to design a concept vehicle called EN-V, for electric networked-vehicle. This two-person vehicle uses a Segway-like drivetrain, but it can achieve twice the speed: 40 km/h (25 mph). Oh, and it has a roof, so rain won’t be a problem.