This is the future of your commute, a look at emerging technologies in the distant future

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The daily commute in the Washington, DC area can be hard and with traffic congestion at it’s worst, many people are trying to find alternative ways to get to and from work. While most people take cars, buses or trains to work, there are new emerging technologies that are making the commute in the 21st century a lot easier.

 Self Driving Cars Most self-driving cars have a GPS unit, a range of sensors such as radar, video and laser range finders as well as a navigation system. All of these features are there to help the car become aware of its surroundings in order to navigate without the need for human input. Waymo or Google’s Self driving car is a self-driving technology company with the mission to make it safe and easy for everyone to get around—without the need for anyone in the driver’s seat.  They want to build a safer driver, and they believe  self-driving technology could make it easier and safer for everyone to get around. Although after an accident with an Uber Self Driving car, it is unclear how long it will be before these self driving cars take the road. Photo Credit: Flickr
Commuter Ferries Ferries will not just be for getting back and forth on a leisurely cruise anymore. The idea of using ferries as a commuting service will soon come to fruition. According to this WTOP article, the idea of establishing commuter ferry service between D.C. and points south to Woodbridge, Virginia, is advancing. The idea is currently still in the proposal and planning stages with a study being used to see how many people would actually use this service. If the commuter ferry plan goes through, potential riders living in Prince William, Stafford and Spotsylvania counties would go from having a 90 or more minute commute in their car to a fast ferry ride of 60 minutes or less. Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons (Hermann Luyken)
Connected Cars A connected car is a car that is equipped with Internet access, and usually also with a wireless local area network. Connected cars are becoming a very popular thing of the future. Connected cars talk to each other—and to roadside infrastructure like streetlights and road signs—through wireless sensors that automatically transmit signals about their position and velocity. Connected cars can also tell human drivers if there’s an accident coming around the bend or that a car’s too close to another up ahead and it’s probably worth hanging back. They’ll also talk to the traffic light, which might turn green for you if you’re the only car at the intersection. Photo Credit: Getty Images (Getty Images/iStockphoto/metamorworks)
Baltimore- Washington Rapid Rail Baltimore to Washington in 15 minutes? That could be a reality in the near future. The SCMAGLEV (superconducting magnetic levitation) Project, is a proposed high-speed rail line between Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, DC, with an intermediate stop at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. In the far future, the system will be extended to New York City. Traveling at a speed of 500 km/h (311mph) will enable a 15-minute trip between Washington, DC and Baltimore and a one-hour trip between Washington, DC and New York. If the project continues to move forward as planned and the state gives the green light to a route, construction could begin in late 2020 and is expected to take five to seven years. Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons
Metrorail Expansion and Purple Line The Metrorail system has seen a large expansion in recent years. The Silver Line first addition now goes all the way out to Wiehle-Reston through the Tysons Corner area. The next phase of the project going out to Dulles Airport and then Ashburn will hopefully be complete by 2020. On the Maryland side, the Purple Line is a 16-mile light rail line that will extend from Bethesda in Montgomery County to New Carrollton in Prince George’s County. It will provide a direct connection to the Metrorail Red, Green and Orange Lines. The Purple Line will also connect to MARC, Amtrak, and local bus services.The Purple Line service is expected to be completed by 2022. Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons
Super Commuting The name says it all, Super Commuters work in the city but live hours away, often in other cities, and commute into the office once or twice a week. Super Commuters found the job they want in the city without sacrificing the life they want in a different one. The cost of living may also be less expensive where they live now compared to the high city prices. Many super commuters are taking rail services such as Amtrak. With 90 percent of all riders traveling between the 100 biggest metropolitan regions, it’s increasingly seen as the most efficient—and pleasant—mode of mid-range travel for commuters between cities. Photo Credit: Getty Images (Getty Images/iStockphoto/monkeybusinessimages)
More Ridesharing all the time More people are using carpooling and ridesharing to save time, money and to sit back and relax. Some efforts even pay you back, like the Commuter Connections Rideshare Program. Joining Commuter Connections has its benefits! When you sign up to rideshare, you can save an average of $22 a day, reduce stress and qualify for a range of program benefits.  Commuter Connections offers free info & resources, along with FREE Ridematching services & benefits. It’s easy; just register for free here or call 800.745.RIDE and you’ll receive ridematches & helpful information to ease your commute. Use the CarpoolNow app for ridesharing on demand. Share a ride when you want, where you want.  The savings really add up and you’ll be reducing your stress of having to be behind the wheel and get back precious time to catch up on sleep, work, social media, or shopping online. Photo Credit: Getty Images
As many as 6,000 dockless vehicles-including electric scooters and motorized bikes-could be available to D.C. users in 2019. (Courtesy Mike Licht- Flickr)
Bikeshares and Scooter shares Lime Bike, Capital Bikeshare, JUMP, Lime Scooters, BIRD- these are just a few of the scooter and bike share companies that are operating in the DC Area. While not for the longer commutes, many people are skipping the metrorails or the cars and taking these bikes and scooters around the city. These bikes and scooters are also dockless, meaning you can leave them anywhere you want and pick them up wherever you find them. Photo Credit: Flickr (Courtesy Mike Licht- Flickr)
Augmented Reality Dashboards Most cars now have gps or other fancy in car displays but in the near future cars will be able to identify external objects in front of the driver and display information about them on the windshield. Augmented Reality Dashboards or AR for short can identify objects in front of a vehicle and tell the driver how far away they are from the object. BMW has already implemented this in some of their vehicles displaying basic information. AR is also being researched for passengers as well. There have been working concepts of  the AR system in Toyota that would allow passengers to zoom in on objects outside of the car, select and identify objects, as well as view the distance of an object from the car using a touch-screen window. Photo Credit: Consumer Reports
As many as 6,000 dockless vehicles-including electric scooters and motorized bikes-could be available to D.C. users in 2019. (Courtesy Mike Licht- Flickr)

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