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David Fickling and Anjani Trivedi

Future of Transport Eludes the Seers

Missteps like the Airbus 380 and Tata’s Nano show how predictions can be a fool’s errand. Here goes anyway.

An enticing vision of the future. And wrong.

An enticing vision of the future. And wrong.

Photographer: Ulli Michel/Getty Images

If you want to know the future of transport, make sure you never listen to the prophets.

A decade ago, the most bracing visions of travel were being promulgated by Airbus SE and Tata Motors Ltd.