The future of transportation as seen in Blade Runner 2049
Disclaimer : This article contains a few spoilers for Blade Runner 2049.
The year is 2049. Police officers fly around in amphibious vehicles and park on rooftops. Cars have three wheels, Lamborghini scissor doors, and are guided by Artificial Intelligence. Oh! And they’re equipped with a detachable commercial drone. Only a few short years ago, such notions would have been dismissed as utopian fantasies, but today, one can wonder : are they realistic?
The original Blade Runner, released in 1982 and set in an imaginary 2019, is part of our collective psyche. Back then, we were far from imagining living in such a technophilic and dystopian world. Today, two years before Ridley Scott’s predicted date, the sci-fi future of transport is edging ever closer to reality.
During the World summit on sustainable mobility, Movin’On, visionary speakers and entrepreneurs from around the globe launched a fast-track to the world of tomorrow. Here’s how their vision of the future of transportation coincides with that of Blade Runner 2049.
Dr. Moore, Uber Engineering Director of Aviation, believes unmanned urban air transport will be here faster than we realize — in 2023 for Dallas, specifically — changing forever transportation as we know it.
On stage at Movin’On, the engineer specified that if his latest project Uber Elevate becomes reality, the hour and 40 minutes it takes him to commute from San Francisco to San Jose during rush hour would be reduced to 15 minutes, with a fare similar to UberX. But be beware! Precision is key… we should talk about on-demand aviation, or taxi drones, rather than flying cars.