Technology is generally perceived as a tool that makes life easier but if you were to ask innovators in general on their perspective of cutting-edge technology, they often describe technology as something that helps us do more. Many may associate technology as simply an expansion of their comfort zone but to many others, technology is simply a tool to reach an area of scientific accomplishment which we would not be otherwise able to reach. In this post we shall be taking you through technology which not only made a considerable difference in people’s lives but the innovation in use itself is revolutionary for its time.
Let’s take a look at Maglev for starters, which uses magnetic levitation to move train coaches on guiderails without making contact with them. Maglev technology therefore has no moving parts, which greatly reduces maintenance costs. When you consider that the Indian Railways budget in 2016-2017 allotted Rs. 3200 crore only for asset maintenance, we see the immense scope of good the Maglev can bring to any economy, besides only providing the people with high-speed transportation. Maglev holds the world speed record for trains with the Japanese LO series holding the record at 603 km/hr on a 42.8 km stretch in April 2015. The Indian Railway Ministry plans to introduce Maglev trains in India by 2020. The project is estimated to cost US$ 30 billion and though Maglev will be a private undertaking, the government proposes to connect the following cities via Maglev: Mumbai – Pune; Mumbai – Delhi; Mumbai – Nagpur & Chennai – Bangalore – Mysore. This will not only ease intercity congestion but will also reduce fuel consumption and make an income from Carbon Credit Sales.
Another breakthrough in public urban transport is the Transit Elevated Bus which saw a prototype deployed a few months ago in Qinhuangdao, China. These elevated buses have a high ground clearance and run on guiderails straddling over the city traffic as though it were using the upper deck in lane discipline. When you are talking about groundbreaking innovation concerning buses, another technology making the headlines here are amphibious buses. The Punjab government recently launch an amphibious bus services near Amritsar at the Harike wetlands. The bus service is run by the state tourism department allowing people who come there to enjoy a 4 km ride through land and water.
Another revolutionary development in urban commuting to be launched soon is the self-driving car Waymo from Alphabet Inc., Google parent’s company. Headed by John Krafcik, these robotic cars are equipped with about $150,000 in equipment which includes a 64-beam laser that generates a 3D map of its surrounding. This is then combined with a high resolution gps map of the world which serves as an electronic guide to the car. By August 2016 a fleet of these cars covered 273588 km of which 202777km was covered by the car autonomously executing hairpin turn with laser precision while driving within the speed limit given on the map for that particular street. This technology will soon allow effective carpooling where the driver’s seat will be also available for the passengers, which inadvertently eases traffic congestion and reduces pollution.
The thought of such technology being made available to the masses speaks of the tremendous scope of a difference it would make in people’s life. In keeping with the spirit of such innovation is the Bajaj Qute, which does not simply meet the need of the hour but presents commuting with a sustainable future. It will be sometime until the innovation cited above is made available on a global scale but the Qute is waiting right outside our door now, waiting to bring a whole lot of change to urban public commuting, by decongesting roads with its compact size, accommodating up to four passengers, being high on fuel efficiency and low on carbon emissions. It’s time the Bajaj Qute was allowed into our lives to clean up public commuting for a better tomorrow. If you choose to help and do your bit for your city and every other city in India, please show your support to #FreeTheQute