Previously, I discussed at a high level some of the features of the city. We discussed infrastructure, buildings and more. We are just touching the topics and will return frequently as research and thoughts dictate so that will not be the end of it. One topic that I did not discuss in the previous high-level post was transportation; both intracity and intercity. So let’s continue on our journey with a discussion of that.
There should be multiple ways of getting around the city. As I’ve mentioned previously, the roads will be buried underground in separate tubes. Bigger tubes will contain the roads for regular traffic. In the city, only small commercial truck and motorized two-wheelers are allowed in this tube. Two wheelers are prevalent in emerging market countries like India because they serve as cheap transportation. As a motorcyclist, I am biased towards two-wheelers 🙂 Personal cars are only allowed in parking garages on the periphery of the city. They can be driven elsewhere but not in the city.
In a separate tube, is our self-driving taxis which can be ordered via smartphone. They run along a track and make stops only at preprogrammed destinations. Destinations can be added over time. If this self-driving technology on a track sounds too futuristic or not possible to you, think again. Disney has been using it at its parks for over fifty years. We’ll just have better software. Speed will be limited to 30 or 35 MPH, but of course, software can be updated later if needed. Of course, like all things, we have to figure out how to design the cars and build everything for dirt cheap. Additionally, there will be a tube for bikers, runners and walkers. This will keep them separate from traffic and thus safe.
Finally, citizens will want to travel to other cities for business or pleasure. While airports are available, there are better options. The Hyperloop has been much discussed and currently at least two companies are racing to produced tested versions of this technology. The Hyperloop is a technology introduced by Elon Musk of Tesla fame which sends passengers in a sealed vacuum tube hurtling at hundreds of miles an hour at relatively inexpensive cost. Passengers would be able to transit to the Hyperloop terminal using a self-driving car or two wheeler. From there, they could board the Hyperloop to any number of destinations.
The risks of this technology is that it isn’t proven yet in full-scale testing. Additionally, cost is an issue. I would rather take the basic premise of this technology and hire people to build our own version of it at a much lower cost. Our team would be willing to trade off some speed for a substantial reduction in cost.
That is a high-level view of the planned transportation network for the new city. Down below will be dedicated tubes for two-wheelers and trucks, for pedestrians and bikes and for self-driving cars. Above, will be small lanes for bikes and pedestrians.
I hope this has given you at least a small window into what we are thinking. As I’ve mentioned before, it is a given that some will change before implementation. Obviously, look for the dedicated posts on the components highlighted above for more details (in the future). The next post will take a high-level view of security in the city.
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