Transportation in the e-Sc@pe universe has similar effects as it does in reality. Those that get there first often come out on top. The primary differences are in efficiency, style, resources, and pollution output. Fast transportation tends to shrink the world. Centuries ago, the world seemed like a huge place. So huge in fact, the American Continents were called “The New World”. Today with supersonic jets, what once took months now only takes hours. In the e-Sc@pe Universe, travel times are even shorter, and cheaper.
Hover-Board – A flat device often used by younger generations to travel from one place to the next. It resembles a skate board without wheels. It can be controlled by a hand held device, integrated with a wrist-link, or linked to a nano-belt and controlled by thought. However, the third option is less used, as it requires a bit more concentration and a lot of practice. When not in use, nanobots pack the device into a small disc, which can then be attached to a belt for easy carrying. These boards can be upgraded through the use of “mods”, both legal and illegal. The mods available cover a wide range, from weapons and speed, to energy shields and stealth cloaking devices.
Hover-Car – A vehicle that closely resembles those of today, without the wheels. Instead, they have large, high power, anti-gravity generators on the bottom of the car. The sides, front, and back have smaller, weaker anti-gravity generators attached for steering. They come in a wide variety of body styles, from the ancient model-T to the latest high end Pasta Rocket with all the bells and whistles. They are normally used in auto-drive mode, with the rider entering in the destination address. The on board computer plots the most efficient route using the latest GPS technology, and follows the route using the laser markers and hover buoys that provide lane, road, and traffic data. The computer communicates with other nearby cars to avoid accidents. However, manual drive is available but rarely ever used, mostly due to the fact that if you are in an auto accident and the car is found to be in manual mode, the driver has an extremely difficult time proving their innocence in court.
H-Lev – A high speed train that uses hover technology For public mass transit. H-Lev trains have their own specific route marked off with lasers. These routes do not intersect routes intended for other hover vehicles. Each level of a city contains H-Lev stations where you can step onto the train. Once there, you input your destination via your own data pad, or through a public terminal built into each train car. However, what makes this system truly unique and efficient is the way the system handles routes. Once every person on the car inputs their destination, the train will plot the most efficient course that has the least chance of interfering with other trains. Each train car is also it’s own engine. Cars can link up or detach in order to take the most efficient route. The cheapest systems use two networked computers to handle the real time data for redundancy. The more expensive systems usually found in larger cities can have ten or more computers, with half being used for backup.
This is the fastest way to travel between cities or countries, as each car is capable of reaching supersonic speeds for travel on long stretches of track that aren’t near any populated areas. Inter-city stations have their own set of computers to handle their traffic for each continent, paid for by all cities splitting the costs evenly. They can communicate with city systems for train car hand-offs.
For travel across large bodies of water, the train car gets routed to a special station near the beach. From there, an automated H-Jet picks up the car, and flies it over the ocean to one of it’s counterpart stations. From there, the car gets handed off to the inter-city system for that continent, and so on. This system is paid for in the same manner as the inter-city system. This system can also transport people to cities built on the bottom of the ocean.
H-Jet – A heavy lift, high speed, computer controlled hover jet capable of vertical takeoffs and landings, in flight refueling, and cargo / people transport. It is fairly massive jet due to the number of redundant systems built in to prevent accidents. They are mostly used for inter-continental trips, or by mega-corps for transporting sensitive materials, data, or people.
Space Lift – A system that uses a strong cable made from durasteel nano-tubes. It connects a ground station to an orbiting space station. Using the same hover technology as the H-Jet, a transport craft can easily be lifted to the station in orbit by using the cable as a guide. People and / or materials can be transported in this manner. Space stations that use this transport method must be in geosynchronous orbit. From there, the passenger can travel via shuttle or ship to another station or planet. Each Lift and Space station it is attached to is paid for by the mega-corp that owns it instead of taxes. As such, space travel is usually prohibitively expensive, and viewed as something only high society partakes in. The only exception to this is the transport of employees to another planet for construction. Often, these employees sign indentured servitude contracts with the mega-corps, and end up trapped on their destination planet or station for the rest of their lives. The system was primarily invented for industry to use in the harvesting of materials from other planets and asteroids. After it’s success, business tycoons built pleasure stations and vacation resorts in space to increase their earnings.