Davor Schwarz

Sydney, Australia

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Davor Schwarz
Posted over 3 years ago
Bill Ford: A future beyond traffic gridlock
The biggest problem isn't what people need - its what people want. Its what people have been told is they need by car companies and what those are giving the people. I don't need a phone that can cook me a dinner I just want a phone with simple number dial and answer or hang up button - where can I buy one of those? Same goes for the car - what I want is a safe thing that will get me from A to B - i don't need power this and that and certainly don't need the car that would drive me around but if they make em and advertising machinery starts making me want them... So in other words what im saying is that we need to generate a new want. The one for people wanting practical solutions - the one that will result in practical solutions beeing made and served to us. In my experience the biggest solutions are often very simple - like why do we all have to start and finish work at same time? Why is saturday and sunday weekend - why cant i have monday and tuesday no work days and work saturday and sunday - wouldnt that reduce the traffic congestion by 70% if people could have any 2 consecutive days as their weekend? Not to mention going to the beach on your weekend day not being crammed next to every tom dick and harry simultaneously. And the business can increase their productivity with 7 day turnarround. Retail sector would benefit too with people shopping 7 days instead only on the weekend. No overtime pay expences etc. Why do i have to drive my car 30km just to go to a restaurant/work in the city. What if i could have my car carried to the city than hop out and drive to the restaurant/work once im in the city area avoiding congested roads. We have boats that carry cars - why not trains. Even better why couldnt i just take the train to one main stop in the city and than have some kind of tiny rent a car/bike for local commute within city area at my disposal. Think people - there are much simple solutions out there - when we step out of the box.
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Davor Schwarz
Posted over 3 years ago
Instead of moving the people move their needs
I don't think its either cheeper to build large infrastructures in one place or maintain them e.i massive mall or hospital or school rather than - thats how it is - so it must work. A) shopping mall is expensive to build, maintain, service, manage etc. B) The rental fees are ridiculous compared to having a small shop servicing local community. It;s just how we are conditioned to perceive the world through - advertising. These facts are based around human behaviour - and what we need is a way and a mean of changing that behaviour. This goes not just for traffic problem but all other current, past and future problems. And how can we do this? Advertising - changing the consumers perceptions - changing the consumer. We did this in the past when industrial revolution created over supply and needed to create new ways of generating demand. Streamlining - Turning cars from tools that take you from A to B to tools that say look how much money i have look how successful I am look how big my ... must be as i have such large spoiler on my huge car. Until our collective perception of the world change - nothing is possible - and to change it - you need to hit hard on every level - advertising - movies - what bands sing about - what they wear and what kind of cars they drive - we need to create a niche for car companies to reinvent the wheel and start designing vehicles that would take us from A to B again
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Davor Schwarz
Posted over 3 years ago
A public transportation system based on an information communication system designed to control the traffic flow of self-flying flying cars.
Dang - run out of characters. We need to rethink the whole transport infrastructure, what cars are and how we use them. I like to think of city transport system as a large sprawled out octopus. Its arms/tenticles the subway/train system linking mayor parts of the city together (and I don't mean like it's now with train-stops every 500m - I don't know if anyone in Sydney actually tried to walk from central to circular quay stations? Its 4 train stops and you can walk the distance in just over half hour. I love how people complain when they miss their train stop going to work in the morning and than race into the gym and run on the treadmill before the work). So you would have major train stops linking major population zones and than car system like rental cars or go car or taxi or bikes as a mean of transportation within that particular zone only. This would eliminate private traffic congestion on the roads connecting the major city/suburb areas and localise the traffic. This - plust the fact that all cars would be functional take me from A to B vessels would help the control of the traffic congestion and requirements and allocation of parking spaces. If you still wish to take your own vehicle you can as governement would be able to shift funding spent on freeways and city to city and suburb to suburb roads to an amazing train system including --- train-ferries. I mean if you can put a bunch of cars on a ferry-boat why can't the same system be applied to trains. All first thought and i'm typing this as it is coming to my head but I feel, less farfetched than flying cars.
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Davor Schwarz
Posted over 3 years ago
A public transportation system based on an information communication system designed to control the traffic flow of self-flying flying cars.
Interesting. The way I see it the fundamental problem as usual lies within the "Human" nature and our human behaviour. If we are going to fantasize about flying cars and hoverboards we might as well contemplate the option of teleporting technology. As usual the solution would have to come in a simple form and from an more lateral angle. The old "Americans spent millions of dollars inventing and designing a pen that will let the astronauts write in zero-G, while Russians just used led pencils" applies to every "Big" problem. How can we change the human behaviour and start designing and using cars for what they really are? A mean of getting from A to B. How can we improve public transport and transport infrastructure? Do we all have to start work at 9am? Do all kids have to go to school and leave school at the same time? I grew up going to school in shifts. One week school started at 8am next 2pm. My parents worked in shifts too. I'd even dare ask do we all have to work monday to friday (not that many of us have weekend free anymore anyhow)? Do we have to have Saturday and Sunday only for the weekend? Why could I not have say Monday and Tuesday as my no work days. Why not break up the load on our roads that way - choose your weekend days. If you must have it for religious reasons - keep it this way. This would also mean 7day turn-arround for businesses. And imagine going to the beach (yes i'm in Australia) with 20% of people you would normally have crammed on the beaches on saturday and sunday. This one is slightly utopian but as my argument id like to use Dubai. It it was possible to build Dubai in the middle of the desert doing what i have to propose would be nothing in comparison.