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Solar powered elevated roadway for enabled electric cars.


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Freedom Transit™ is a transformative replacement for fuel based vehicles. Assuming “Mr. Fusion” (Back to the Future) will not soon be available, electric cars have and will continue to have a very limited range. Freedom Transit™ is a transformational energy technology enabling unlimited travel for electric cars.  This breakthrough energy technology if successfully developed can eliminate the need to import oil, changing the world’s economic patterns.  Billions of dollars now spent on importing oil will be spent locally providing jobs and improving the financial health of the community.

Solar and utility energy will be used to provide power to electric vehicles on a multi level regional and national automated roadway. Dual mode electric cars, vans, SUVs, and trucks can be driven manually on streets and used in an automated driving mode on elevated roadways.  The Freedom Transit™ system has three levels: manual mode level 1 is existing streets, automated mode level 2 provides a low speed (50 mph) elevated roadway covering a metropolitan area with an 8 to 4 mile grid, and automated mode level 3 with high speed (140 mph) elevated roadways connecting metropolitan areas.

Dual mode electric vehicles inter the system via stations which do automated visual, mechanical, electrical, and electronic worthiness tests before a vehicle is accepted into the system. Accepted vehicles then prompt occupants for the destination station. The occupants now become passengers as the automated systems take control of the vehicle.  Manual control will be reinstated when the vehicle comes to a stop in the exit station.

Initial installations will be high speed links built where motor traffic is very high. The small footprint (38ft width) of the three lane elevated roadway will make it possible to build them in existing right-of-ways. Single and dual mode electric vehicles will be available for rent at stations. Single mode vehicles do not leave the system. A ferry vehicle is also planed enabling users to travel in their current fueled vehicle on the ferry. As the nationwide system is being built dual mode electric car sales will increase.

The elevated and automated roadway will reduce accidents as vehicles travel in a single lane concrete channel high above ground level activities. Accident safe automated systems detect and mitigate problems. Passengers travel is secure in the elevated concrete channel from any ground level traffic or activities. The center channel provides an alternate path for roadway maintenance and vehicle failures, minimizing or eliminating down time.  Construction of the automated roadway is automated as the roadway segments are factory built and assembled on site by machines. Power / steering rails and the solar panels are also installed on site by robotic machines, thus changing the way roads are constructed and substantially reducing costs.

Freedom Transit™ is a transformative innovative transportation system for both people and freight. It will improve traffic safety and security while keeping transportation costs low. Trip cost of $.48 per mile will cover roadway, energy, and vehicle use fees and provide revenue sufficient to create the infrastructure and provide substantial new revenue for state and local governments. Benefits include, reduced traffic congestion, major reductions in CO2 and other fuel based emissions, major reductions in imported oil use, faster safer, more secure energy efficient travel, and major economic improvements with local people investing in the communities in which they live.  

What questions are there?   How do we sell this project Freedom Transit?  Your thoughts?

 

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Reducing emissions from transportation


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Proposal Text

Freedom Transit™ is a transformative replacement for fuel based vehicles. Assuming “Mr. Fusion” (Back to the Future) will not soon be available, electric cars have and will continue to have a very limited range. Freedom Transit™ is a transformational energy technology enabling unlimited travel for electric cars.  This breakthrough energy technology if successfully developed can eliminate the need to import oil, changing the world’s economic patterns.  Billions of dollars now spent on importing oil will be spent locally providing jobs and improving the financial health of the community.

Solar and utility energy will be used to provide power to electric vehicles on a multi level regional and national automated roadway. Dual mode electric cars, vans, SUVs, and trucks can be driven manually on streets and used in an automated driving mode on elevated roadways.  The Freedom Transit™ system has three levels: manual mode level 1 is existing streets, automated mode level 2 provides a low speed (50 mph) elevated roadway covering a metropolitan area with an 8 to 4 mile grid, and automated mode level 3 with high speed (140 mph) elevated roadways connecting metropolitan areas.

Dual mode electric vehicles inter the system via stations which do automated visual, mechanical, electrical, and electronic worthiness tests before a vehicle is accepted into the system. Accepted vehicles then prompt occupants for the destination station. The occupants now become passengers as the automated systems take control of the vehicle.  Manual control will be reinstated when the vehicle comes to a stop in the exit station.

Initial installations will be high speed links built where motor traffic is very high. The small footprint (38ft width) of the three lane elevated roadway will make it possible to build them in existing right-of-ways. Single and dual mode electric vehicles will be available for rent at stations. Single mode vehicles do not leave the system. A ferry vehicle is also planed enabling users to travel in their current fueled vehicle on the ferry. As the nationwide system is being built dual mode electric car sales will increase.

The elevated and automated roadway will reduce accidents as vehicles travel in a single lane concrete channel high above ground level activities. Accident safe automated systems detect and mitigate problems. Passengers travel is secure in the elevated concrete channel from any ground level traffic or activities. The center channel provides an alternate path for roadway maintenance and vehicle failures, minimizing or eliminating down time.  Construction of the automated roadway is automated as the roadway segments are factory built and assembled on site by machines. Power / steering rails and the solar panels are also installed on site by robotic machines, thus changing the way roads are constructed and substantially reducing costs.

Freedom Transit™ is a transformative innovative transportation system for both people and freight. It will improve traffic safety and security while keeping transportation costs low. Trip cost of $.48 per mile will cover roadway, energy, and vehicle use fees and provide revenue sufficient to create the infrastructure and provide substantial new revenue for state and local governments. Benefits include, reduced traffic congestion, major reductions in CO2 and other fuel based emissions, major reductions in imported oil use, faster safer, more secure energy efficient travel, and major economic improvements with local people investing in the communities in which they live.  

What questions are there?   How do we sell this project Freedom Transit?  Your thoughts?

 


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