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We should not try to improve the car. We should think of a new system of mobility. This could come in a form of smart transit.

This idea is around for at least 30 years. All products have gone from mass production to smart production. Cars are no longer all black. There are many models, many brands, and each model has many varieties and colors and many assembled on the same production line. This is possible because we are managing this with software that makes sure the the yellow door arrives at exactly the right moment to be assembled in the yellow car.

Many companies have designed systems like that. You can Google PRT (Personal Rapid Transit) and many will come up.

In dense urban areas this system operates on demand, you don't have to wait for a vehicle, it waits for you even in peak times, it goes non-stop from origin to destination, it costs a fraction of a subway system to install (to be more precise about one tenth) and it cost one fourth to operate. This system can actually make money as opposed to any other public transportation system and therefore can attract investors. The only thing you need from the government is right of way.
This system is safer than roads or any other transit and in a context of dense urban areas it takes typically not more than 10 minutes to get from anywhere to any destination around the urban center. It is easy to use. No predetermined routes and no traffic jams even in peak demand times.

More about this http://smart-transit.blogspot.hk/2010/07/what-is-prt.html


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  • Dec 1 2012: With a vast number of alternatives,and with one not necessarily precluding another Do the best you can.
    • Dec 2 2012: That's correct. This system would be an addition and not a replacement, although I predict that if something like this is installed, the vast majority will use it especially due to its scalability and the ability to easily and affordable increase the number of miles and number of stations.

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