The Impact on Society
All can benefit from the maglev train, and especially those who travel regularly. The benefit extends to individuals, allowing people to reach their destinations quickly and efficiently. In addition, the benefit also extends to the country, by allowing for the employment of engineers in many countries around the world to perfect new construction methods, being a source of revenue for the country, and by reducing energy consumption, air pollution, and noise pollution.
Unfortunately, maglev trains have also had a negative impact on society. Due to its relatively recent invention, the maglev train's potential issues are not completely known, and therefore two major accidents have occurred in the past two years. One was a train that caught on fire as a result of electric problems, in Shanghai. The second was in Germany, in which a collision with a repair car left on the track, killed most of 29 passengers. However, recent innovations to the design of the guide-way and the electrical conduction throughout the train have significantly reduced the number of accidents.
Ultimately, maglev trains have the potential to change the lives of people around the world, with unprecedented ground transportation speed.