Yup! You read correctly! You could be floating on a cloud.
This is the proposal of Tiango Barros, a New York architect that imagined a giant inflatable cloud riding on prevailing winds. Barros submitted his idea – “Passing Cloud” project – to a US competition on the future of high-speed railways.
This “Passing Cloud” is “inspired by the zeppelins of yesteryear and features heavyweight high-tensile nylon balloons with a stainless steel framework inside.
Passengers would climb up to the “cloud” on ladders, sit on top while it moves and then get off wherever it landed – with no guarantee of destination or arrival time” (as we can read in a News.com.au article).
“It is time to reconsider the act of travelling and start enjoying it accordingly” said Tiango Barros, quoted by News.com.au.
Now many things can be said about this idea. It is indeed a very revolutionary way of seeing (imagining) the transportation. But what about breathing during these travels? How high will this Passing Cloud fly? Would there be need for supplementary air traffic control? (I think that there will still be planes).
How about long journeys – for could you really stay up and on your feet for like 10-18 hours?
Will this vehicle have more than one stop – I’m embarking here but I don’t get down in the next city, but in the following one.
How about landing – would you travel with a Passing Cloud over the ocean?
How about storms? 🙂
Many questions, right?
What do you think?