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Bye-Bye, Buses; Hello, Driverless Pods

November 7, 2013, 4:15 PM
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What's the Latest Development?

Milton Keynes, a town about 45 miles northwest of London, is preparing to become the first municipality in England to have a public transportation system consisting entirely of 100 self-driving electric pods. Customers can order and pay £2 (about US$3.20) for a pod using a smartphone. Each pod seats two people and their luggage, and will travel on a special roadway at speeds of up to 12 miles per hour. Charging stations will be installed at various locations along routes. The project is expected to roll out in full by 2017 and should cost £65 million (about US$104 million) over the next five years.

What's the Big Idea?

The proposed system is similar to one that's worked without major issues at London's Heathrow Airport for the last two years. Milton Keynes was selected as the location "due to its proximity to London, its unusually wide roads and its willingness to embrace new technology." If the project proves successful, it could represent a significant step towards general driverless public -- and private -- transportation.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

Read it at Phys.org

 

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What is Big Think?  

We are Big Idea Hunters…

We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

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Bye-Bye, Buses; Hello, Driverless Pods

November 7, 2013, 4:15 PM
Shutterstock_98774561

What's the Latest Development?

Milton Keynes, a town about 45 miles northwest of London, is preparing to become the first municipality in England to have a public transportation system consisting entirely of 100 self-driving electric pods. Customers can order and pay £2 (about US$3.20) for a pod using a smartphone. Each pod seats two people and their luggage, and will travel on a special roadway at speeds of up to 12 miles per hour. Charging stations will be installed at various locations along routes. The project is expected to roll out in full by 2017 and should cost £65 million (about US$104 million) over the next five years.

What's the Big Idea?

The proposed system is similar to one that's worked without major issues at London's Heathrow Airport for the last two years. Milton Keynes was selected as the location "due to its proximity to London, its unusually wide roads and its willingness to embrace new technology." If the project proves successful, it could represent a significant step towards general driverless public -- and private -- transportation.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

Read it at Phys.org

 

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