1. 1897: The Bicycle Superhighway
This one is actually kind of cool. It was the creation of a California businessman who wanted to construct a bike-only highway in Los Angeles, beginning in Pasadena and stretching to downtown L.A. Riders would pay a fee to use it. A first stretch of it was apparently built before the project got nixed.
2. 1907: The Floating Airship With Suspended Car
This is Britain’s first military airship, which was composed of a canoe suspended from a huge 110 foot balloon. You could go as fast 20 mph!
3. 1938: The National Superhighway Proposal
Detailed in an issue of Popular Mechanics, this proposal called for a 15,000 mile network of superhighways which would have offered multi-level speedways, cable controls to keep cars in their lanes, allowing drivers to travel at the “fast” speed of 100 mph. The proposal also called for a creation of a coast-to-coast network of these highways.
4. 1961: The Amphicar
These famous novelty car-boats of the ’60s went straight from land to water. But seriously, people, does this really make crossing a body of water any easier?
5. 1964: The Parking-Problem-Solver Car
Behold the “Urbania,” an invention claiming to be the world’s smallest car which also solved parking issues. The seats and wheel were on a rotating platform so you could get out from any side.
6. 1965: The Hovercraft Train
The Aérotrain was tested in France for over a decade, but was ultimately never adopted by French railways. Using air resistance, it hovered over the track silently at high speeds.