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Old 31st May 2010, 17:42   #16
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just like how mp3s have taken the joy/pain out of listening to an turntable, changing the way we drive our cars to magnetic non-touching cars or hovercraft types will take the joy out of driving.

imagining a world without tyres, steering feel, etc,etc is boring..
let cars remain cars..and maybe for crowded city commuting let the edisons/steve jobs come up with some new model..
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I always thought Trikes have some potential, though I haven't come across any working models that can seat more than 2 comfortably. 15 Best Trikes We'll Need In The Green World Tomorrow - Ecofriend
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This really blows the imagination off! And to think of somebody actually trying to implement it. BTW It really looks cool and futuristic!

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Originally Posted by hellmet View Post
I'd say " Why are we still on wheels? "
Time to get vehicles off the petroleum grid and on to the electricity grid. Electricity, at least, can be produced locally.
Let's say have cars running on electricity on the same roads running electric motors - something like the little bump-play-cars.
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If its about imagination, then we can have multiple conveyer belts (with multiple speeds, increasing progressively as we go from one end to the middle) for intra-city mobility. all roads would be constantly moving this way and one would not need any vehicles at all!!! You will just need to hop onto the belts (like we do at some airports / malls) and if the distance to cover is more, one can jump to faster belts. (So lets say if you have 11 belts, you can have speeds of 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 50, 40, 30, 20, 10 KMPH) or you can have lesser speeds (multiple of 5) and more belts etc. I think on a normal 2 lane you can easily pack 10-12 such belts... Of course you'd have high speed trains / aeroplanes for inter-city or inter-national travel. For safety/convinience you could have rails etc to hold on to, or even have seats on the belts for comfort... Use your imagination...

This solves lot of problems - parking , pollution etc.

Only problem is feasibility!! And also What will happen to our beloved cars then
These are already there to some extent. They are called electric/metro trains! However due to the cost and complexity involved in having the trains to reach each and every nook and corner of a city, cheaper alternatives like roads and cars are indispensable.

This may become more practical in cities like Singapore, where most people live in certain well designated residential blocks (HDB flats?) and work in business districts areas. But even there people buy and own cars, where you can drive a maximum of 25kms across! That's the spirit of freedom, isn't it?

Need for freedom is the biggest deterrent to any such transport systems. And that clearly explains why America has more people traveling by cars than trains and bus.

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