By 2025, cars will need to have a “high level of energy efficiency,” and the new cars will be able to operate at a “superhuman” speed, the Next Big Futures report says.
The report also calls for an overhaul of the way people move around the world, with the US leading the way, with an ambitious global highway system, and “the advent of a global network of high-speed rail systems.”
This is the biggest threat facing the future of transportation, the report says, because of “the rapid pace of change in the transportation sector.”
The report is written by a panel of experts from a range of backgrounds and disciplines including the Brookings Institution, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, and the Brookings Doha Center.
The report is the first to examine the global transportation challenges facing humanity, and it draws on the latest research and analyses of transportation technology and the challenges facing the global economy, as well as other aspects of the global environment.
It concludes that the United States and other developed countries are on the wrong track for their long-term transportation goals, with a growing number of people being pushed into urban environments, and with more and more people moving to cities.
The “future of mobility” is in jeopardy, and this is something that needs to be addressed, the authors conclude.
“As we continue to move into a world that is rapidly shifting to urbanization, there is a fundamental need for transportation solutions that are more sustainable, affordable, and secure,” the authors write.
The Future of Transportation 2025 report, titled “The Future is Urban,” is available here.
(H/T: Next Big)