2020 – No More Passports
Technology such as facial recognition and fingerprint scanners could soon see passports rendered obsolete. Australia already has plans to roll out a passport-less identification system by 2020.
2021 – Hyperloop
Entrepreneur Elon Musk is hard at work on the Hyperloop, a transport tube that promises to propel travellers via a pod at extremely high speeds. In Europe, Dutch contractors Hardt Global Mobility hope to link the cities of Amsterdam and Paris by 2021.
2025 – Pilotless Planes
You’ve heard of driverless cars, but what about pilotless planes? With unmanned aerial vehicles already being used by the military, pilotless commercial planes could become a reality in a mere seven years.
2026 – Space Tourism
While adventurous tourists can travel to space for a cool $65 million, the price tag will become much more affordable in the next decade thanks to these 5 companies.
2033 – Flying Cars
At least 19 global companies are currently developing flying car plans, with many working on prototypes which could be ready in the next 15 years. Uber recently signed a deal with Nasa to develop on-demand, 200mph electric air taxis. The firm says it plans for the project, called Uber Elevate, to be fully operational in time for the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles. Just a few years later, the tech may be widely available.
2050 – Transparent Airplanes
Airbus believes that by 2050, commercial airplanes could have transparent cabin walls. Will the tech would provide some amazing views, it might cause a few problems for those who suffer from vertigo.
2080 – Transatlantic Train Travel
Travel from London to New York in under an hour could be made possible by a huge tunnel crossing the Atlantic. While estimates say the tech would cost up to $175bn to build, the project could increase travel speeds and cut down on plane emissions.