Path to zero emissions: the future of transport

To describe how I think transport will look in the future I need to set the scene. My Quarterly Essay, “Getting to Zero”, and the Australian Government’s Low Emissions Technology Roadmap, share the same philosophy on the role of technology. We recognise that there are incumbent technologies that are high emission and low cost, and there are … Continue reading Path to zero emissions: the future of transport

Where’s my flying car?

The Jetsons cartoons gave a boomer generation a vision of seemingly magical powered flying vehicles. Are we any closer? Backed by billions in venture capital and a recent IPO, one startup aims to have its flying taxi on the market in three years. While they may be ahead of the pack, they’re not alone. Is … Continue reading Where’s my flying car?

Where’s my flying car?

Backed by billions in venture capital and a recent IPO, one startup aims to have its flying taxi on the market in three years. While they may be ahead of the pack, they’re not alone. Is this the decade we finally get our Jetsons car? The most obvious reality check draws on our experiences around … Continue reading Where’s my flying car?

Cars rule as pandemic changes travel trends

As with other parts of the global economy, COVID-19 has led to rapid changes in transport trends. The chart below shows overall trends for driving, walking and public transport for Australia as of July 17. Unfortunately, the current lockdown of metropolitan Melbourne, which is at odds with trends in Australia’s other biggest cities, is skewing … Continue reading Cars rule as pandemic changes travel trends

Driverless cars could reduce traffic by 80%

Shared driverless cars could make roads safer, transport cheaper, and reduce vehicle numbers dramatically, according to a transport expert. Work by Professor Hussein Dia from the Swinburne University Smart Cities Research Institute has suggested that more than 80% of cars could come off the road if fleets of shared, self-driving, electric vehicles become reality. Dia is … Continue reading Driverless cars could reduce traffic by 80%