Recent advances in technology have revolutionised how we all connect and communicate – so what does the future of transport look like? Transport is the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Australia, a country with a heavy reliance on fossil-fuelled cars and road freight. Technology in the transport sector is undergoing rapid change, bringing with it opportunities to improve safety, accessibility, efficiency and sustainability. Important transport developments include automation, connectivity, smart infrastructure, the sharing economy and a move towards zero emission vehicles.
A number of emerging innovations are examined in this book, including public transport (trackless trams, high-speed rail), Mobility as a Service and ride sharing, micromobility vehicles such as e-bikes and scooters, electric aircraft development, and alternative fuelled, self-driving and flying vehicles. Why does Australia still have the handbrake on the slow uptake of electric vehicles? Are autonomous and flying cars a bright new dawn, or simply science fiction?
This book explores the viability of future modes of transport, with a focus on the transition to electric, hydrogen-powered and autonomous vehicles. Is Australia keeping up with the next transport revolution, or are we on the road to nowhere?