Monday, March 26, 2012

Transit: people on the move

Transit: People on the Move


Transportation: 
. . . moving whatever

Transit: 
. . . moving people

Future of transit:

    One of the few areas in which 
    the US has a serious 
    longer-term planning effort

    In central Arkansas:
        http://metroplan.org
                 630 Monorail Concept: 
                     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqB8RwnmZb4


        http://imaginecentralarkansas.org/
                         As of 11/22/16 it is somewhat out of date


What is a good way to organize transit discussion?

. . .  small to big 

. . . . . . e.g. roller skates to cruise ship

. . . # people

. . . . . . personal transit to ... what?

. . . distance

. . . . . . In-store drivable shopping cart to space ship

. . . speed... ?

. . . impact on society

. . . . . . for example:
. . . . . . let's list your topics on the board
. . . . . . then refer to them as appropriate as we go along



Methods of transit

For as long as people have existed

. . . we have needed to go places 

. . . let's list past, current, & future methods

. . . . . . start by picking a way from previous slide

. . . . . . put list on board first, then see below

. . . . . . . . . how does your topic relate to each?








Substitutes for Walking

. . . walking

. . . unicycles (see images)

. . . . . . unicycle of the future:

. . . . . . . . . solowheel!
                  short video


. . . bikes

. . . . . . what will bikes of the future be like?

. . . . . . . . . let's figure it out

. . . . . . . . . then let's check the web

. . . . . . . . . . . . images.google.com
. . . . . . . . . . . . general web search


. . . scooters

. . . . . . wheels front-and-back

. . . . . . wheels side-to-side

. . . . . . . . . Segway

. . . . . . which has more future potential?

. . . . . . what will be the scooter of the future?


. . . trikes

. . . . . . will they displace bikes?

. . . . . . . . . what will trikes of the future be like?

. . . . . . . . . . . . let's think first, then check the web


. . . pedibuses

. . . . . . Do they have a future?


. . . roller skates

. . . . . . from traditional to rollerblades

. . . . . . . . . (check online pics to see?)

. . . . . . Skates of the future?

. . . . . . Basically, shoes of the future!



. . . skateboards

. . . . . . Skateboards of the future?



Substitutes for Horses

. . . horse

. . . future of horses?


. . . cars

. . . . . . horses are mobile

. . . . . . cars are "auto-mobile"

. . . . . . . . . "auto" means "self"

. . . . . . so what is an autoautomobile?




. . . . . . Will self-driving cars differ from today's cars?






. . . . . . . . . fewer of them needed, personal ownership not needed, use garage and $ for other things, Uber et al. could use, municipalities could replace bus fleets, commuting could become less problematic, use your car as a cab while you sleep or work, prices lower (why?), 



. . . hovercraft

. . . . . . Why might hovercraft become important in the future?










. . . . . . . . . roads could just be flat grass strips: cheaper!

. . . . . . . . . what if hovercraft happen?



. . . jet packs (1, 2)

. . . . . . we could check youtube also


. . . small planes?

. . . . . .  is there a future there?


. . . rocket ships?


. . . . . . multiple pilots works better

. . .  how about flying cars?

. . . . . . check youtube for examples

. . . . . . is there a future there?


. . . autogyro?

. . . . . . check wikipedia/whatever for definition

. . . . . . check youtube to see them in action

. . . . . . is there a future here?



. . . helicopter?

. . . . . . is there a future for them?



What are the future prospects for these?


. . . powered parachutes
. . . trains
. . . subways
. . . buses
. . . spaceships
. . . moving sidewalks
. . . escalators
. . . elevators
. . . planes
. . . boats
. . . evacuated tube transport
. . . . . . e.g. a hyperloop
. . . . . . . . . (do web search)
. . . shoes that produce electricity
. . . tiny robocars with telepresence function
. . . current telepresence bots



Some other questions to ask about these


What would change for you if each of these took hold?

. . . quality of life?

. . . privacy? 

. . . security?

. . . career impacts?

. . . what else?

. . . how have these things impacted the past?

. . . what other possibilities for future impacts?

What about other people?

What about businesses, governments...?

What about society as a whole?


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