World's Fastest Train Hits 500km/h, And People Aboard Look Pretty Chill

The world's fastest train – a maglev vehicle operated by the Central Japan Railway Company capable of speeds in excess of 500km/h (~311mph) – is currently undergoing eight days of public testing. Short runs began Saturday, with 100 passengers making the 42.8 km trip from Uenehora to Fuefuki in about five minutes. » 11/19/14 10:20am 11/19/14 10:20am

This futuristic-looking mass transit system is really happening

Tel Aviv is set to begin construction on the world’s first magnetically levitating skyTran system of mass transit. Which is awesome because it's fine time that our cities started to look the way scifi says they’re supposed to. » 7/29/13 12:20pm 7/29/13 12:20pm

We already have the technology to send trains into space, at a fraction…

This is Startram, a proposed launch system that would use magnetic levitation trains, a 1000-mile tunnel, and a superconducting cable to reach low Earth orbit. Amazingly, we already have the technology to do it...at far less than the cost of rockets. » 3/11/12 4:00pm 3/11/12 4:00pm

Your Future Automotive Awesomeness: Fiction vs. Reality

The car's come a long way since Ford started mass production 100 years ago, but science fiction takes transportation even further. Here are six scenarios for the future of driving, and the real-life developments that could make them happen. » 12/10/09 10:25am 12/10/09 10:25am

Super High Speed Trains Might Be A Part Of Your Future Holiday Travel…

Since many Americans spent part of the last few days traveling home for Thanksgiving on trains, Scientific American chose to mark the occasion with an in-depth report on the future of rail travel. The future looks promising... and fast. » 11/26/09 2:00pm 11/26/09 2:00pm

"Sky Pod" System Lets Commuters Ride In Personalized Pods

Using NASA-designed software, Unimodal Systems has designed a solution to some of the major hassles in commuting. Their sky pods can take individuals or small groups straight to their destinations, with no stops and no other creepy passengers. » 9/18/09 4:20pm 9/18/09 4:20pm

Ride the MagLev Train from One Fake Place to Another

U.S. President Bush has authorized construction companies to use $45 million in federal money to construct a maglev train between two amusement parks: Disneyland and Las Vegas. It will be the first levitating train in the U.S., zooming along at up to 300 mph, though the Bush Administration's choice of route is… » 6/09/08 1:11pm 6/09/08 1:11pm

Is the U.S. the Least Futuristic Country?

Is the United States the least futuristic post-industrial country? Every week we hear about cool robots playing soccer and musical instruments in Japan, or the Tron-looking Pad building in Dubai (see photo.) Meanwhile, the U.S. is retiring its space shuttles and has the slowest broadband in the universe. What's going… » 1/02/08 3:00pm 1/02/08 3:00pm