For all you frequent and none-frequent travelers out there, it looks like technology is progressing ever in your favor. While it’s common knowledge that the last decade has been filled with great leaps of innovation for mankind, it looks like we’ll be seeing even more in the near future, especially in the transportation market.

In the last few years, we’ve went from waiting in line in a travel agent’s office to clicking a few buttons to book flight trips. And then there’s the invention of the smartphone which, in truth, has been one of the greatest innovations we’ve had in quite a while.

Adam Greenfield, author of Against the Smart City, shares how mobility apps give people the power to transform the relationship between travelers and transportation networks for the better. Taxi apps and GPS programs with built-in traffic analysis are just some examples of services that are available to virtually anyone who has a smartphone.

Taking Innovation to the Skies

Aside from on-ground innovation, technology is making slow incremental progress towards safer and more secure flight experiences. Most of the air traffic control systems today are based on the ground, but by 2020, we’re expecting that the majority will have already switched to satellite-based control systems.

Another important breakthrough has also recently been discovered by researchers at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. The article, published on the University’s news site last March, states how the implications of this discovery are dramatic to airplane and aircraft safety.

Naira Hovakimyan, a professor at the university, announces her team’s highly successful test of the Hovakimyan’s L1 adaptive control technology on a manned army aircraft, which should be an important step towards the technology’s introduction into commercial aviation.

Hovakimyan is hopeful that this will create a dramatic improvement in flight safety for aircrafts equipped with her team’s technology, and we’re certainly looking forward to it.

Other Anticipated Innovations in Transportation

Maglev Trains – Miami, Washington, D.C., and New York are just some of the places in the United States that are pouring in enormous amounts of money to push plans to build maglev trains. With Japan’s maglev train already breaking speed records, it’s hard not to want to catch up.

Hyperloop – According to a recent news update from Wichita State University’s news website The Sunflower, it looks like there’s a new trend of transportation technology that has students and engineers excited. They’ve now built human-scale pods that can go as fast as 760 mph in low air pressure environments.

Although it doesn’t look like the technology has been picked up yet by corporate giants, it might pave the way for a new kind of transportation that may make our travel plans a lot easier and faster in the future.