Into the Future: Transport

2015 ,    »  -   16 Comments
Ratings: 7.42/10 from 59 users.

The road to realizing a fully functional and mass produced electric car has been a rough one, but the automotive masters in Asia have been leading the race. The documentary Into the Future: Transport outlines the tremendous challenges associated with producing low-emission electric-powered vehicles, and convincing the public of their appeal as a viable, preferable option to traditional gas guzzlers.

"There's no question that what we see today is a global race across all the continents to produce a safe car and an efficient car," says Hans Greimel of Automotive News. The regions which are currently on the cusp of significant automotive innovations include Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, whose government recently dedicated 300 million dollars in support of new transport technologies.

Some of these electric vehicle (EV) models are radically futuristic in design; otherworldly and sleek designs recall the types of flying cars we're accustomed to viewing on science fiction shows like The Jetsons. But while these prototypes are effective in garnering massive buzz for a world of transportation far beyond our current one, the real work is being done to outfit popular and long-existing designs with this emerging technology.

In those instances, efficiency and practicality are the dominant goals and the most daunting hurdles to overcome. The research and product development efforts of the battery manufacturing industry lie at the forefront of meeting these challenges. The battery cells needed to power an EV for any desirable length of distance has long been too bulky and untenable. But by adapting and expanding upon the breakthroughs of nanotechnology, researchers have been working diligently to produce compact battery cells that can perform at a greater capacity.

Adaptation is another key consideration. When the electric-powered car eventually takes hold of the automotive marketplace to a widespread degree, the landscape of our roads and our way of life will undergo a profound metamorphosis. One such change will involve the construction of charging stations which must populate endless corners throughout the globe. The worldwide acceptance of EV technology cannot occur without a societal shift in thinking. With great insight and optimistic energy, Into the Future: Transport illustrates the work that is currently being done to make this shift a reality.

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16 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Bogdan Gherghel

    hm. not a word about Tesla Motors, although they are miles ahead already in every aspect, by comparison with all "innovations" presented in this documentary, with the exception of Hydrogen Fuel Cell - which probably didn't seem future-proof.

  2. Bogdan Gherghel

    also, fyi, automobile graphene cells are right around the corner (cells are already available as mobile power banks), also you probably heard of the so-promising Aluminium superconductor cell, recently revealed to the public.

  3. Pascalore

    Also watch "Who Killed the Electric Car" and look into the inventor of the split-fire spark plug who was able to run a car on water with his newest spark plug and a small computer interface. He is now dead - go figure. The car is powered by hydrogen extracted directly from water, used to fuel the car, and the only emission is unused water vapor.

  4. Pascalore

    At 20 minutes, they finally took the power supply out of the transport and put it in the road eliminating the battery problems. Tesla did the same thing in the late 1800's with his understanding of freely available power from the environment which later became his famous Wardenclyffe tower. He did build a car which ran on electricity sourced from the environment. Had the need for this artificial thing called 'money' been eliminated then, we would have no need for wires, batteries or fuels of any kind now. Tesla free power would have supplied the world simply by putting a receiving antenna on your car/house etc. and powering the motor contained within. San Francisco had electric trams with an overhead power source. Imagine that without the overhead grid.

  5. TheSlime

    Flying Cars Are Almost Here!! It's Actually True They Are Almost Here Just About A Few Decades Maybe About That So Um Yea Flying Cars.


  6. Fabien L'Amour

    100% Asian centered documentary that's a bit vague on the technical details. Lots of design concepts displayed but no explanation how they will be built and powered. Also it was produced in 2010 (MMX), not 2015 (MMXV).

  7. Richard Neva

    American drivers will never see a viable electric car that they can afford and that is the way it is planned. America will continue to be slaves to oil and wars to pump it up!

  8. swissjoe

    I lost count of how often the narrator used the word 'racing' and competition'.
    Given this was about future transport, this was a clear sign of unevolved thinking from an earlier stage of human development.
    This documentary is as unrealistic as the early 40s imagining last century, it is to 'strategic foresight' what candy is to a child - a momentary diversion.

    There is still no mention of integration with earth systems, just alternative energy sources from man made systems.

    Best comment was 'we will have to do something about that' meaning integration with our planets viable system model - our ecosystem.
    The most disappointing segment was about hydrogen, as it has been a dead duck as concept that was accepted by engineers forty years ago.

    All the futurist designs were dehumanised versions of last centuries muses, so the whole exercise became a disappointing piece of journalism.

    Elon Musk has done more in the real world with his short history than all designers promoted here. He is terrifying some car dealer associations in the North America so much they are trying to 'ban' his product and lobby to shut his business model down.
    Not to mention Google already have advanced designs for driverless vehicles and all the technology these systems require; that is without going into European efforts...

    The best comment was that the innovation cycle needs risk takers.
    However currently the Harvard Business School CFO mantra of 'guaranteed return on investment' is breaking this cycle and it shows from beginning to end in this documentary.
    Why? Because this Asian centric documentary shows they still mimic advanced cultures, copying and attempting to monetise emerged innovation by chasing a guaranteed ROI for their investors.

    2/10 as a piece of journalism and entertainment.
    .5/10 as a futurist documentary.


  9. whats up

    by the time we realize our mistakes these middle east people start funding terrorist organisation in the world as they think they can get anything with there oil and start controlling the world

  10. Sven Breugelmans

    some day we will realise (if we don't kill each other first with silly religious wars) that existence is meaningless and it makes no sense going in circles across our stupid little rock in space. And no we will not go to other planets to go in circles there. Given enough time we will see life is suffering and we will voluntarily die out. That is the end thought of


  11. Richard Neva

    The spate of flying cars was a total failure awhile back and I would bank on the next wave to fail also. Hate to spoil your parade.

  12. Todd Morrow

    This is not 2015. It's from 2010. Please relabel it so we can ignore it. Thank you. (at the end it says (c) MMX DISCOVERY. MMX means 2010 in Roman numerals.

  13. TheSlime

    Just Because it happened the first time dont mean itll happen again i mean with all these advances in science itll happen soon

  14. Garbanzo

    Hate to break it to the producers... fuel cells use a fuel that is not naturally recurring on earth the way we get sunshine from the sky, oil and uranium from the ground and even wood from trees. The hydrogen has to be separated from something, tar sands, oil, or water. That takes energy and a lot of it for the non polluting sources. The Koch brothers love fuel cells. they will be happy to sell compressed cracked hydrogen from some of the dirtiest energy sources in the world.

  15. Ryan

    i hate how they a re like, internal combustion take chemical energy and turn it to mechanical and batteries take electrical energy and convert it to mechanical.... uhm batteries are chemical too......

  16. DustUp

    Thanks to the comments which confirmed suspicions, no need to watch. Thanks again commenters!

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