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Travel innovation: from space tourism to flying cars

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Board your flying car or commercial space shuttle and join us on an airborne #shorttrip to the mobility of the future. We investigate how travel agents can capitalize on exciting new content. Hope you’re not afraid of heights

Who hasn’t dreamt of unfolding their wings and taking off when they’re stuck in traffic? Today, that scenario is not as far-fetched as you might think. Flying cars, supersonic trains, and commercial space flights are quickly becoming more and more accessible.

As innovation becomes mainstream, demand rises and curiosities become travel content. Just think of e-bikes, ice hotels or glamping. Don’t miss your hyperloop train to the future of travel mobility.

Honey, where did you park the flying car?

Have you seen Blade Runner? Then you know what we’re talking about. If not, imagine a sky filled with flying cars.

Next year that vision might well come true, according to flight junkie Roding Lyasoff. In a visionary TED talk, he explores the future of air travel in which small, autonomous air taxis allow us to bypass traffic jams and fundamentally transform how we move around our cities.

As we speak, innovative companies are already developing various types of flying cars, such as the beautiful PAL-V. Not sure what to expect? Deloitte gives you a closer look at the commercialization of flying cars, while BBC explores the extra training & regulation flying cars would require.

All this shows that soon flying cars will be a reality. And that’s not a bad thing. Flying cars would offer a lot of advantages, among which:

  • No more traffic jams. No more time and money wasted.
  • Flying cars work with electric batteries and move silently through the air.
  • Airborne taxis could create new businesses opportunities and jobs.             

Hyperloop. Airplane speed on ground level

Can you name another vehicle that goes 1,223 km/h on land? The HyperloopTT company strives to develop a sophisticated train with airplane speed.

Passengers and goods travel in pressurized capsules floating on a frictionless magnetic cushion within the tubes. This could turn a 5 hour drive into a 5 minutes break. Admire the first steps of the full-scale passenger and freight system in Toulouse.

What ever happened to space travel?

Fly me to the moon… In the near future, you’ll likely be able to follow Frank Sinatra into space. Several companies are developing space shuttles for commercial flights.

Richard Branson, CEO of Virgin Air & Virgin Galactic, says he’s only 2 or 3 flights away from space. You want to claim your ticket? Just pony up a small sum of $250,000.

SpaceX is gearing up to send people into space. Musk confirmed the company will have the hardware ready by April 2019. The Crew Dragon missions will pave the way for SpaceX’s more ambitious projects, sending the first human to Mars in 2024!

Shape the future of travel. Truly.

New modes of travelling demand new traffic management systems, new technologies, and new applications. But which role will you play in this evolution?

Travel agents will have to start preparing new ways of making reservations, insurances and users experiences. 1 tip: think proactive. And Amadeus will still be there to support you all the way.