Photos: 10 amazing transportation tech innovations

​The world is getting smarter, and smaller

It's hard to believe that automobiles have only been in the world for a little over a hundred years, or that getting from the east coast to Kentucky took nearly a month just over 200 years ago--it's unfathomable next to the speed of modern automobiles or the (debatable) convenience of air travel.

Future transportation technology, if the 10 pieces of emerging tech featured in this gallery are any indicator, will see us wondering how we lived so slowly in 2018.

From two-hour intercontinental flights to packages delivered in the blink of an eye, and completely autonomously, we're on the verge of the world shrinking yet again--and smart technology is at the core of it all.

SEE: The new commute: How driverless cars, hyperloop, and drones will change our travel plans (cover story PDF)

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By Brandon Vigliarolo

Brandon writes about apps and software for TechRepublic. He's an award-winning feature writer who previously worked as an IT professional and served as an MP in the US Army.