TED Conversations

Amod Dange

This conversation is closed.

Physical Internet - A framework on which to run transportation "apps" such as "schoolbus", "ambulance", "commuter", etc.

The biggest cost of the manually driven automobile is -- you guessed it right (or did you?) -- TIME!! There are more than 250 million vehicles in the United States, with an average commute time of 100 hours/year. If the entire nation switched to automated transport, we would gain 25 trillion hours a year. Productive use of a fraction of this time will have a significant impact on GDP. Imagine: No drunk driving, no parking, no mechanics, not even a DMV!

Links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_rapid_transit

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7hgipbHBK8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAh1RRJUdAw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhxVtUFZVzk

Share:

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • thumb
    Feb 18 2011: Thanks for the response, Seema. Environmental impact is naturally one of the main objectives.

    There are many innovative transportation solutions emerging across the world. I am suggesting that we treat individual transportation solutions as "transit apps" (much like software apps) and create an open source standards-based transit framework to host these apps. It would be infinitely scalable and continuously upgradable. There is no reason successful software development methodologies can't be applied to physical infrastructure development.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.