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A hundred years ago, cars were still a luxury for almost everyone. Now, we probably see cars and ride in them every day. Our cars look a lot different than the Ford Model T that was popular around that time. What will cars look like in 100 years? Will they be able to drive us around? Or will someone invent something totally different to transport people around the world and into space?
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Get inspired about the transportation of the future by seeing how transportation has evolved throughout history.
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- Fueling the Future: Imagine a car that needs no fuel to drive across the country.
- Going Up!: Would you take an elevator to space? You might be able to by 2050.
- High Speed High Tech: Trains of the future already exist! Learn how maglev trains work.
- A Reusable Rocket: Find out how space travel is getting easier and cheaper.
- Wild Car Herds of the Future: Smart cars of the future might drive themselves using lessons learned from herding animals.
- America on the Move: Enjoy a virtual visit to the Smithsonian's America on the Move exhibit, exploring the history and future of transportation through video, interactive timelines and games.
- Explore Leonardo: Leonardo da Vinci was an inventor of mysterious machines. Explore his futuristic designs in the Inventor's Workshop.
- Google Self-Driving Car Project: See how Google is working to develop cars that don't need drivers.
- Space Elevator: Learn how the team at The Spaceward Foundation is working to imagine and invent a space elevator. See the vision and the science behind it.
- The Wright Brothers: Visit this virtual exhibit to learn about the Wright brothers and invent your own flying machine.