Good news | From Trolleys to Maglevs: The Dramatic Evolution of Transportation
Contrary to what the naysayers and pessimists claim, we have made enormous progress towards a better world. In fact, across many of the most important indicators that define our well-being, humanity is faring much better than ever.
Infant mortality, starvation and poverty have never been lower, life expectancy has never been higher, work-life balance is much better than before, death rates Literacy has improved dramatically and the Internet has played a major role in global education.
Transportation is another important measure of progress. And this week, the Good News roundup is back with a historical reminder of how the transportation industry has evolved.
The history of mobility is the story of the evolution of technology, from walking to riding – and being drawn by – animals, then to cable cars, steam trains, electric trams, motor buses, metros, high-speed trains, electric vehicles, autonomous electric vehicles and drones to the transport of the near future: flying ferries, supersonic planes and hyperloop trains.
Click on the video player above and watch and find out how far we’ve come.
The future looks clean, with cars powered by the sun; fast, with maglevs, powered by electricity, probably nuclear; green, with supersonic and carbon-free planes, and silent, with hyperloop pods that will one day transport you silently from Berlin to Paris in an hour.
And remember, it can be hard to find among the headlines, some news can be good news.