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Coming Soon… Driverless Electric Cars, Identified Flying Objects ‘IFO’s’ and Floating Trains

Nothing revolutionary has been achieved in the field of transportation after the advent of commercialized jets in the 1950’s. From Airplanes to cars, ships, trains and even bicycles, all of them perhaps function better than their first-generation counterparts, but can they shock someone who was present at their invention?

The near-term impact of advancing technologies in transportation is certainly becoming more practical than speculative. A passenger in Delhi using her smartphone to hail a fully autonomous electric taxi that communicates with other vehicles is looking increasingly possible due to the advances made by companies like Tesla in the last 5 years.

On a completely different terrain, Kitty Hawk employees have conducted more than 1000 test flights over Nevada’s Lake Las Vegas and it is now gearing up to give rides to business partners and influencers who might drive sales. Urban traffic jams, which is now the most real thing for commuters in India’s exponentially growing metros might just get a fundamental overhaul if Kitty Hawk is able to convince us that Larry Page’s dream can soon be turned into reality.

Maglev and Hyperloop trains could soon become an option for cities considering upgrades to their transportation infrastructure but the only difference between cars of the future and the trains is that they cannot piggyback on existing infrastructure. The only challenge is to convince taxpayers that this is a worthwhile investment specially with more and more governments trying to overcome the growing debt burdens.

So, is it 5 years, 10 years or 15 years from now that we get to fly and levitate to our workplace? Martin Eberhard, Co-Founder & Original Chairman and CEO of Tesla Motors, Sebastian Thrun, CEO of Larry Page’s Kitty Hawk and Jay Walder, CEO of Virgin Hyperloop come together to give you answers at the 5thedition of The Economic Times Global Business Summit on the 22nd and 23rd of February in New Delhi at The Taj Palace.