(I’m playing catch up here; this was from about a month ago.)
How has a stupid idea like this giant bus on rails got so much attention?
It’s never going to work.
What speed could a thing like that run at without coming off its rails?
What happens when a car or the “bus” turns off the road? *bang!*
“Elevated bus stops will be erected to allow passenger to embark, or where there’s no room for those the bus will have ladders.”
— well, that rules it out for any western country, where wheelchair accessibility is mandated these days.
If it’s meant to be economical use of the space above cars but below bridges, what happens when a tall bus or truck comes along? *bang!*
What a stupid idea.
When will people learn that transport issues are not primarily technological (we need something that floats above cars), but political (why don’t we have more effective bus/tram lanes? Because politicians aren’t willing to take space from single occupancy cars).
It’s like the hype around Segway when it first appeared. Remember that?
… Apple co-founder Steve Jobs even predicted that cities would be redesigned around the device and that it would be even more significant than the personal computer.
Kemper mentions the invention may require work by “city planners, regulators, legislators, large commercial companies, and university presidents about how cities, companies and campuses can be retrofitted for [Segway].”
New roads, paths, and traffic regulations may be necessary if [Segway] were to take off with anywhere near the force some tech luminaries are predicting.
Of course… I’ve been wrong about new technology before.