Table of contents for Driving Tomorrow: Our Roadmap for Sustainable Transportation, Infrastructure and Cities, by Warren Gifford & David Turock. Now available on Amazon, both electronic and paperback. Join the drive for more sustainable technologies.
Introduction: A quick trip from Washington, DC to the Adirondacks, all while reading a novel, demonstrates some advantages of the new transportation system.
Section I – A New Beginning: Transportation for Tomorrow and Beyond
1. Disruptive Innovations in Transportation: Transportation has a long history of disruptive innovations from horses to wheels, trains, cars, and airplanes. What will the next innovation be?
2. The Current State of Affairs: Our current transportation system is expensive, inefficient, over-crowded, unhealthy, unsafe, outdated and deteriorating. It’s time for a new disruptive improvement.
3. Designing the Ideal Transportation System: The ideal transportation system will have vehicles tailored to our needs, rather than bloated with excess weight. They will move us rapidly and safely with a minimum of time, effort, and resources.
4. Autonomous Vehicles: Autonomous vehicles come in different sizes to deliver our medications, beverages, foods, and anything else, just when we want them. Containers revolutionize freight transport so we can size them for our needs, with small ones nesting efficiently in larger ones.
5. Autonomous-Ways: A New Design for Infrastructure: What if we enclose our roads to keep out weather, debris, animals, pedestrians, and human-driven vehicles? These autonomous-ways, or A-Ways, come in different sizes and are also ideal to replace our aging pipes and wires.
6. Continuous Convoys: What if we could combine the convenience of local service with the speed of express? Continuous Convoys allow you to get on at any station and go full-speed to your destination. And they combine high speeds with amazing capacity and efficiency.
7. Autonomous Elevators: Elevators waste our time, use valuable floorspace, and consume a lot of power. Autonomous elevator vehicles could “drive” up and down a building giving us fast, efficient, private service.
8. Linear Cities: What if we build on top of the A-Ways? In addition to excellent transportation and infrastructure, they provide a physical foundation, and efficiently use the land currently wasted by roads.
9. C4(“See Forth”): Autonomous Navigation: Navigating safely and efficiently inside buildings around people and furniture calls for new approaches. Fortunately, technologies for online games and robots combine to create local cloudlets sharing information to solve these challenges with Cloudlet Computing, Communications, and Control.
10. Sustainability: Our current transportation system is only 20% energy efficient, yet electric autonomous vehicles drawing power from A-Ways are more than 95% efficient. Besides delivering our needs, they can whisk away our recyclables and wastes. Using the sun for electricity, heating, and light can make us fully sustainable.
Section II: Overcoming the Obstacles
11. Challenges from Big Business: Automobile and oil companies have been dragging their feet on sustainability. Yet Tesla has driven the universal shift to electric vehicles, and electric roofs. The universal mobility system opens doors for new business opportunities and improvements to existing businesses, which will overwhelm foot draggers.
12. Job Displacement Concerns: Debate rages over whether robots will eliminate jobs or create enough new ones. Universal mobility creates opportunities for new jobs as well as reducing the cost of living and giving us more time. Improved education and health will smooth the transition to a better life for everyone.
13. Social Challenges: Millennials and others are already shifting away from our car-centric culture. Seniors are a rapidly growing segment of society, and as they see the many advantages of universal mobility, they will further accelerate this shift.
14. Security and Privacy Protections: Safety, security, and privacy problems flood the news. Autonomous vehicles and A-Ways are inherently safer than our current system. Innovative approaches to secure, private travel and deliveries offer comprehensive protection.
15. Political Challenges: Political forces challenge sustainable solutions. Yet the economic and social advantages of new systems, such as universal mobility, will build political pressures sufficient to drive change.
Section III – Transportation as the Core of a Sustainable Community
16. Intentional Communities: What if you could live in a community of supportive people with complementary interests and goals? Fast, inexpensive mobility overcomes the constraints of commuting to work and school. Matching neighbors and training for mutual support enable these intentional communities.
17. Living Spaces: The dense population of cities fosters creativity and economic advantage. Fast, inexpensive mobility can combine these benefits with the benefits of towns, and open spaces. Moveable walls and furniture increase the flexibility and efficiency of space enhancing these advantages.
18. Learning Opportunities: US education results are disturbingly poor. Fast, efficient transportation enables new learning approaches: move learners to opportunities matching their interests and needs; match seniors and youth for mutual learning and support. Intentional communities can provide the supportive and stimulating environment essential for successful and enjoyable learning for all ages.
19. Health Effects: Time is critical in many health emergencies, so fast mobility saves lives and money. Most vehicle deaths and injuries will be eliminated. Access to health care and just-in-time medication can address the opioid and other health crises.
20. Economic Drivers for an Inevitable Change: The combination of desirability, cost savings and new business opportunities make change inevitable. Senior and health facilities using the new techniques will attract customers in preference to conventional facilities. Crowd funding, open source software and 3-D printers allow anyone to make small autonomous vehicles. Cities and airports can increase capacity and reduce costs, while providing better service for everyone.
Conclusion: Senior living, health facilities, airports, highway overlays, seaside communities, … compelling opportunities for initial applications of autonomous transportation.What part do you want to play in the excitement: innovator, builder, business owner, user, or roles yet to be invented?
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