Motivated by a desire to showcase their industrial prowess to the world, some of Japan’s biggest companies are targeting 2020 as the perfect time to unveil new technologies that could revolutionize things like mobile telecommunications, automobiles, consumer electronics, and even the way people watch live events. With all this new tech emerging from Japan, it’s likely that the way we experience the Olympics in 2020 will be quite different than anything before. Here are seven futuristic technologies being implemented at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.
7. Maglev Trains
The last time Tokyo hosted the Olympics in 1964, they presented the world with the shinkansen, commonly known in English as the bullet train. At the time, it was the fastest train in the world and demonstrated Japan’s reemergence as a technological leader. Today, Japan continues to be at the forefront of train innovation and high-speed transit with the introduction of maglev trains. Although trains that utilize magnetic levitation have been in operation for years, in 2015 Japan broke the land speed record for rail travel with a maglev train that hit speeds of 374 miles per hour. If they can further develop the train and make it commercially viable (it still hasn’t been passenger tested), Japan could be boasting another transportation breakthrough in 2020.