Riding the (autonomous) rails: Why does the future of mobility start in the past?

By | October 15, 2018

Our mobility ecosystem is often framed in data and told through efficiency. What does this 1980s comedy case study tell us about the future of mobility and what we can’t leave behind?  

Last year, France announced plans to develop the first driverless high-speed trains for its national rail system. According to a FranceInfo report, the semi-autonomous TGV trains are expected to launch next year for prototype testing and could be shuttling passengers from Paris to Marseille by 2023. Between Seabubbles and Hyperloops, the future of mobility seems like a race from automated to autonomous to absolutely baffling, all playing out in real time.

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