Apr 11, 2015
I like your thinking. I definitely agree there's a lot of future in automated electric cars. There are many companies developing such cars and the infrastructure is also developing. One idea I've heard is to use second-hand electric car batteries in bulk to store electricity from the grid at low-demand times. These batteries can then be used to charge electric cars. For long distances I see trains taking more of role in order to reduce demand for cars and then automated cars providing car-transport where necessary at the ends of the train journeys. In cities bikes and public transport should be given priority but again automated cars providing the car-transport where required. good luck with your idea.
Apr 14, 2015
I like this idea. But I need something that feels more tangible behind it. Of course, making it easier for the DOT to do these things is always good. So I could see you drawing up plans for this kind of transportation network and presenting them to the interested parties.
Jun 5, 2015
It is time we use our technology to create a new transportation system that combines the convenience of a personal car with the efficiency of mass-transit. Privately owned electric cars capable of autonomous driving in high-speed protected lanes powered by sunlight is the way to go. A nationwide network of high-speed toll roads for electric cars would become the travel mode of choice, replacing all other forms of surface transportation including short haul air travel.
Jun 11, 2015
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