The path not taken.
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“Today’s developments, no matter how advanced,” [Kohr] said then, “will be antiquated by 1965 — though that is just a little too far in the future for any accurate prediction.
“The passenger car engine probably will be lighter, smaller and more compact. It should have greater combustion efficiency, higher compression ratios and improved ignition. If some of today’s knotty metallurgical problems are solved, a gas turbine power plant, weighing roughly half as much as the reciprocating engine, may be used.
“Tomorrow’s automobile will be a highly dependable and durable vehicle, requiring fewer repairs and less frequent servicing. Strong, light metals, such as magnesium and titanium, may perform increasingly important roles in engine and body construction.
“Visibility will be enhanced, probably by smaller structural supports and greater use of glass — although car glass may be tough enough to support the roof itself, and impregnated to filter out the burning rays of the sun. Stylists will attempt to lower the future automobile, imparting a longer, wider and faster look. Sliding car doors are a possibility. Electronic controls will be popular.”
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- - MAC-1; a low speed high capacity conveyor type system for use
in such Major Activity Centers as central business districts
- - MAC-2; a low speed, medium capacity, personal-vehicle-onguideway
system for use in central business districts and
- - Dial-A-Bus; a computer-scheduled jitney-size vehicle designed
to provide door-to-door service in low density areas characterized
by diffused origin-destination trips.
- - PAS; a Personalized Automobile Service which uses small battery
operated autos at depots 500 to 1000 feet apart in low density
areas for local travel.
- - NET 1-2; an urban wide Network of guideways 1 or 2 miles apart
for fully automated continuous auto type vehicle flow at 50 to
70 miles per hour.
- - NET 3; a second generation NET development to permit street to
guideway access to vehicles.
- - FTL-1; a Fast Transit Link designed to provide high velocity
(100 to 140 MPH), high capacity travel between major centers
for trips up to 50 miles.
- - FTL-2; service similar to FTL-1 with velocities of up to 300 MPH
based on use of evacuated tunnels to reduce drag.
- - HSR-A; intercity rail systems based on improvements to vehicles
and existing track which will allow maximum speeds of 150 MPH.
- - HSR-C; completely new rail system designed to provide maximum
speeds of 200 MPR.
- - TACV; a guideway and air cushion vehicle system for intercity
travel at maximum speeds of 300 MPH.
- - TVS; vehicles traveling on continuous tracks in reduced pressure
tunnels at intercity speeds of up to 400 miles per hour.
- - Auto-Pallet; fully automated individual flow pallets which bodily
transport automobiles for intercity travel at speeds of up
to 130 miles per hour.
Technological Forecast: 1975-2000. A Descriptive Outlook and Method for Quantitative Prediction May 1970
US Department of Transportation, Office of Systems Analysis and Information
pf matthews said:At the same time on both sides of the Atlantic were planned aircraft that could carry 400 to 450 km / h Reisegeschwindkeit 50-100 passengers over several thousand kilometers.
Visionary and gigantic, a single leaf-air ship of Adam Antes, a sculptor from Darmstadt.