- Dave Kilman
- Los Alamos, NM
- United States
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A public transportation system based on an information communication system designed to control the traffic flow of self-flying flying cars.
My idea comes from my comment to the TED talk by Bill Ford. [snip] At this stage of thinking about the future of transportation systems, I would expect to hear leaders in the transportation industries speaking about how smart flying cars interact with a smart vehicle communication network to help reduce the kind of problems mentioned in this talk. I have a different idea about planning my trip downtown or to the shopping mall in the future. Instead of planning a trip and having my car helping me reserve my parking spot when I arrive, I plan my trip by calling from my cell phone and registering where I want to go and when. Within minutes a public service flying car arrives to pick me up. Much like how today's airport shuttles take me to and from my parking space, I seldom have to wait more than a few minutes. I rarely need a personal car, because the public transportation system can pick me up and drop me off at most places I want to go. I might have to make a few connections to get to my destination, but I don't mind that. When I do need a personal transport I can easily rent one. I saw another TED talk by Paul Moller saying flying cars will happen sooner than you think. As Ford says, we can't keep building wider and wider highways to accommodate the increases in traffic that the future will bring. I think the next phase in transportation after super highways should have us traveling on super flyways. Instead of pouring tons of concrete for highways, overpasses and bridges, that we will have to continually maintain to sustain into the distant future, we should invest instead in software and better flying vehicles designed with the environment in mind. Which would you prefer to spend your tax dollars on: a publicly operated fleet of flying vehicles that can quickly take you where you want to go, or lots and lots of delays while we reconstruct our ground-based infrastructure? Don't forget the recent public bail out of our auto industry. What do we want? [snip]