Skeptics once scoffed at the potential for human flight. Naysayers didn’t think early automobiles could make it across the United States. Which futuristic mode of transportation will revolutionize the world in decades to come? Wild idea contenders include vacuum tubes, underwater planes, space elevators and bicycles in the sky.
John Hansman is an MIT professor of aeronautics and astronautics, heads the Institute’s Division of Humans and Automation and directs the International Center for Air Transportation. He’s climbed ice, flown planes, driven a high performance race car, sailed boats and flown on numerous parabolic flights simulating zero gravity. Speaking while driving through New England, he offered his take on well-known futuristic transportation ideas.