A Reality in an Alternate Universe
Imagine podcars as the public transportation of the future. AKA, personal rapid transit, would be a system of vehicles that provide on-demand, private travel. I mean if you think about it, this idea is hardly new or revolutionary. More like it has not been very popular of a concept for those who own and control the auto industry, the oil industry, etc, etc.
Able to carry people as well as light freight, PodCars would ride on small guideways like a monorail. They could be powered by electricity, or hey, how about that electro-magnetic gravitics we have been withheld by TPPTS?
The podcars would travel on main lines like a freeway with on and off ramp legs that would stop at stations where you can get on and off. A good size would be vehicles that hold up to 4 people, but be cost effective to run even with just one person riding.
Some estimates gauge cost at $25 to $40 million per mile including the rail, vehicles and stations.
Compare this to $100 to $300 million for subway or light rail systems.
Currently, a podcar system called ULTra is being built at London’s Heathrow airport.
Oh yeah, that looks like fun. Seriously, except for driving enthusiasts, this would allow people better use of their time while commuting and traveling. Minor issue of those who are germaphobes – how do you sanitize each car after use? For that matter, how and how often would they be cleaned?
For example, what if someone just came off the beach with their great dane and got in a podcar prior to you using the same car? Wet and covered in sand and dog hair, not to mention the lingering smell to remind you of the prior occupants, could you request a different car or what?
Hmm. . . sounds like a whole slew of business opportunities and jobs for podcar support that might not be readily considered!