Why doesn't Google skip the obsolete car and support skyTran?
Self driving cars are pointless. They do NOT solve the traffic problem. They do NOT solve the crappy road problem. Hauling a ton of steel & plastic along with a few hundred pounds of flesh from point A to point B is NOT very efficient.
Now, imagine if Google helped build a skyTran network in any major city. A new fiber/power/gas/wifi network could be easily added to the build-out to break the last mile strangle hold.
A skyTran system is the best option for meeting personal transportation needs in the foreseeable future. Self driving cars are a waste of time/money/engineering because they will take decades to develop and still have to drive on our crappy over-crowded roads. We are running out of room to build new roads to handle the current traffic let alone any future requirements. Also, cars are not very efficient. Why transport 1000s of lbs of steel and plastic just to haul a few hundred lbs of flesh from point A to point B?
Trains and buses fail the usability test because people hate traveling like herd animals all packed into one big crowded and smelly car. People also can't control their travel as much and have to match the train/bus schedule.
I don't see skyTran as replacing the car so much as more of taking the major load off of cars. Commuter traffic would be greatly eliminated in high population zones if all the 9-5 traffic was dumped onto a skyTran.
Imagine jumping in a pod and cruising downtown for the game/concert and then zipping home. No high rise parking structures...no rip-off parking fees. The stadium would have an enlarged hub to handle surges in traffic with ease.
Imagine the competition to UPS and FedEx if new companies could use a Country-wide skyTran. Dedicated hubs could be connected to the system and same day shipping and delivery would be common place.
Imagine a manufacturer with their own hub. They could have skyTran pods delivering parts directly from their suppliers.
Imagine a farmers market fed directly with refrigerated skyTran pods.
Imagine all the fiber which could be laid on top of the skyTran network which provided Gbps Internet while you traveled in comfort.
I have been following the efforts of skyTran for YEARS and I am stoked that they are finally getting to build a system.
- A black box (like a Roku or similar)
- TB+ external drive plugged into the black box
- A 'Now Playing' list of movies/shows
The black box downloads movies/shows onto the hard drive during off-peak hours. They (Netflix, Amazon, whoever) can encrypt the hell out of it...I don't care. I sit down with my popcorn and get to pick from my list. For ~$10/month I have access to the ENTIRE collection of titles and NOT just those licensed for streaming. I think an argument could be made that delivering an encrypted (just for my personal key) copy of the movie is no different then mailing me a blue ray.
No stuttering. No ISP problems. No extortion $$$ to Comcast.
I have a dream...:)
The biggest flaw with the Constitution is that it spelled out CAN as well as CAN'T and after 200+ years of lawyers arguing one way and then another it is just about useless now. You don't take your car in for service and tell the mechanic what they CAN'T do just like you don't tell your dentist what she CAN'T do. You tell him to change your oil and rotate your tires...you tell her to just clean your teeth.
Anything beyond the enumerated powers spelled out in black and white is against the Constitution, illegal, and needs to stop.
Imagine if you had to create a list of the things you did NOT want your mechanic to do when you dropped off your car for an oil change...
Also, I say 'supposedly' because nobody has granted any authority to the US Constitution since the original signers. How much is an unsigned contract worth again? Can you be born into a contract?
Its time to start over...
I like it a lot better then any of the standard 'cloud data' offerings and plan to use it for sharing TrueCrypt drives and as an easy to sync method.
Cars and trucks are incredibly wasteful when you consider all the weight which has to be moved from point A to point B along with your fat ass. Increasing MPG does very little to solve the real problem of too many cars/people and not enough geography.
How many lanes can really fit into an area? I've driven on 5 lane highways which did little or nothing to increase traffic flow and forget about rush hour...its still a parking lot.
Imagine a 'network' of Skytran pods being able to haul people within 1/2 mile of any destination. The business advantages are immense when you consider a manufacturing company which builds their own hub and has pods deliver their materials. FedEx and UPS would no longer be the only game in town.
Look at the advances which the public road system does for humanity and then increase that exponentially with a SkyTran system...:)
I have done this numerous times over the last ~10 years. It started with small business phone systems (~$350) which provided the auto-attendant feature and support for analog phones. When those systems died I switched to Linux boxes running Asterisk and Digium hardware for around the same price. It was overkill to have a PC running in my basement but I never...EVER...had a scum sucking telemarketer or solicitor get through. Did I mention that this is major pet peeve of mine?...:)
I did have many people/callers complement me on my setup and ask me about it for themselves. But, a Linux box running in the basement is beyond the skill set of the non Slashdot crowd and the price was still way to high to compete with "just let the answering machine get it".
I have been continuously researching hardware and embedded systems over the years waiting for prices to come down. I do have a prototype running and mostly functional but its not ready for the masses yet. It could net me the $50k so I'm off to RTFA...;)