On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, the future will officially arrive. Back in 1985, Marty McFly and Doc Brown engaged a DeLorian’s flux capacitor in the film Back to the Future and launched into (what is as of this morning our literal) tomorrow. The control panel reads 4:29pm, which, since Hill Valley is in California, is Pacific Daylight time, so adjust your sky watching accordingly.
There are quite a few things the filmmakers correctly predicted, from a version of Google Glass to drone cameras. Alas, the 80’s generation’s version of a jet pack, a truly workable hoverboard is still to come, as are flying cars (Terrafugia notwithstanding). But cars (and trucks) can do juuussssst about everything else.
The technology that is coming up in the freight transportation world is turning big rigs into spaceships. Sure, you’re familiar with lane departure warning systems, rear view cameras, cruise control, and automatic steering because it’s probably already in your personal vehicle. However, concept trucks have proven the tech works for autonomous vehicles, carbon fiber trailers, re-designed engines with cleaner emissions systems and so much more and is ready to be integrated into our world. No need to wait for anyone to go backward or forward. The future is pretty much here.
One more thing. In case you don’t hear from us again for a while, it just means that as also predicted in Back to the Future, the Cubbies won the World Series. That celebration might take a while…