8 July 2007
Or you could just take the train
I think we're at a point technologically where we could have vehicles that are completely programmable and self driving.
Imagine a vehicle a kind of personal pod that can come in models for any # of people; one person, two person, six person, whatever, pods that all you do is get in type in your destination, and sit back and let it take you there. In the pod there is wi-fi, music, video, whatever you'd like for entertainment, or even just space to sleep until you arrive.
And the payoff is huge:
I know the initial cost would be massive.
But ... just think what it would be worth to never have to pay for car insurance, or traffic tickets, or to sit [in] traffic, or have another crash or fatality due to vehicles.
I suspect it would take a lot more than robot cars to create this Utopia. For one thing, they'll be operated by computers, and computers crash. Rather a lot more than cars do, in fact. If anything, this will force the price of insurance upwards.
Besides, some of us crazy fools like to drive.Posted at 6:02 PM to Driver's Seat