Travel between Denver and Boulder in just 8 minutes? It could become a reality. Yesterday the Colorado Department of Transportation released plans to study the Hyperloop system, a high-speed track system where cars are loaded onto pods and pushed through vacuum-sealed tubes at a speed of 670 miles per hour. CDOT says a half-mile test track will be built alongside E-470 near Denver International Airport. You can read more about this futuristic transportation system in CDOT’s Hyperloop One report/proposal. See also this CDOT video about Hyperloop.
Autonomous vehicles are also on the horizon. Over the past year CDOT has been testing self-driving work zone trucks and other innovations as part of its RoadX program. CDOT put together this video demonstrating the world’s first self-driving work zone vehicle. Check out CDOT’s RoadX webpage for more information and videos.