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Planification for cooperative of respectful members to subsidise design, fabrication and commerce of Respect Of Speed Efficient (ROSE) cars.


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Summary

Based on the assumption that the use of Respect Of Speed Efficient (ROSE) cars would be an economical choice in the long run, motivation from cooperative membership should exist. Lower costs for car related insurance coverage for bodily injuries and material damages should justify payback for this project.

Government agencies, companies and individuals could be cooperative members. 

These cars would be designed to advance at the pace of efficient speeds, which are the actual road limits. The absolute top speed of a car should be 75 mph (120 km/h), to be coherent with the existing road systems and transit rules. A ROSE car would readjust its pace to the local efficient speed, with help from global positioning system (GPS) and city streets data.

Speed adjusting systems would have to be installed on actual cooperative's member cars to become ROSE cars. New concepts of ROSE cars should be designed, fabricated and sold to meet speeds optimal efficiencies.

When all cars on the road advance at the same pace, flows of cars are circulating in a more laminar way, making traffic jams more avoidable. Carbon emissions diminish since there's less idling cars. Time may be regained by car users. Regular speed of circulation is easier to evaluate for other drivers and pedestrians.

The proposal is to create a business model that would permit the ROSE car of being a viable option for car users. To gain in perspective, preliminary designs of ROSE cars could also be realized by teams of volunteers from the Climate CoLab. 

This business model could then be reused as basis for planning by new cooperatives. They would then have to redesign, fabricate and sell their own ROSE cars or else.

Funding would be based on expected savings. Profits should always be reinvested for development as management and operations actions should actively be checked to maintain momentum induced by the joined efforts of the ROSE car users.

The cooperatives should then subsidise the use of ROSE cars by their members. 


Category of the action

Building efficiency: Physical Action


What actions do you propose?

Find out how much insurance costs would drop for physical injuries and material damages, if a vehicule's speed is to be limited.

Find studies on overspeeding.

Find studies on traffic jams.

Make preliminary designs for use and installation of speed adjusting devices on existing cars. It would basically be a cruise control speed adjuster, coupled with streets data and GPS. When drivers have to slow down for safety issues, the system always allows manual bypass of the speed regulator. Efficient speeds would coincide with actual speed limits, unless it's temporarily lowered in case of bad weather by the local authorities or cooperatives assistance. The drivers would be encouraged to adjust their speed to the efficient speed of the sector. 

Make preliminary designs of new ROSE cars.

 

 

 

 

 


Who will take these actions?

Volunteers to build a viable business plan with preliminary designs, fabrication and commercialization strategies of different types of ROSE cars.

Cooperatives to redesign, fabricate and commercialize ROSE cars. Government agencies, companies and individuals could be cooperative members. 

 


Where will these actions be taken?

Anywhere for the business plan, studies and preliminary designs from volunteer team members from the Climate CoLab.

Anywhere for the cooperatives.

 


How much will emissions be reduced or sequestered vs. business as usual levels?

Existing studies on traffic jams should provide information about how much carbon emissions would be reduced if all vehicules circulate at the same speed, that is if the flow of cars is regular, fewer traffic jams would occur.

 


What are other key benefits?

Overall respect of speed limits, so no more speeding tickets.

Gain of free time for all road users, recuperated from possible traffic jams avoidance, that is if all cars are to advance at the same speed.

The cooperative business plan could be transposed to any other project that has a future savings economy potential.


What are the proposal’s costs?

The proposal is to make a viable business plan for successful new cooperatives. Volunteer teams from the Climate CoLab could contribute for this part and also create and share different designs. 

Once the proposal is realized, it would cost a membership fee or part of new cooperatives to create start-up funds. It should be at lower cost for individuals, middle cost for companies and higher cost for government agencies. 

The proposal is to create a viable way for a cooperative of this type to work out. It would not be a specific cooperative, but anyone who wants to create one will have a successful way to start-up a new one, proportional to its size. 

 


Time line

Nine months for a cooperative business plan with preliminary designs of ROSE cars.

From then, participants could see and decide what to do next.

 

 

 

 


Related proposals

Integration of electric cars and air-powered cars on the roads.

Replacement by road planners of four stop signs intersections by rotary intersections to avoid braking and restart, a useless energy-consuming process, especially for fossil energy powered vehicules. It could also be done for traffic lights intersections, or at least synchronized traffic lights. 


References

Existing studies on carbon emissions created by traffic jams.

Existing studies on accidents caused by overspeeding.

Existing insurances plans based on drivers behaviors, with technology assistance, that can save up to 25% on material damages insurance costs. 

Existing documented experiences of cooperative businesses.