New solar-powered carriage system to ease traffic congestion

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Given the rapid pace of emerging technologies, dealing with traffic congestion in the 21st century almost seems absurd. The US interstate highway system and its poorly funded mass transit, most of which were purposefully gutted by oil, tire, and automobile companies in the 1930s, increasingly puts us at an economic disadvantage when compared to other developed nations that have invested heavily in alternative means of transportation. Economies are driven in part by the flow of goods and services and the efficient movement of its citizens to and from various environments of productivity. Longer commutes limit our productivity and also impacts our overall health and well-being.

Fortunately, privately owned JPods, Inc. has recently received approval to build a solar-powered carriage rail system in Secaucus, New Jersey that lets riders choose their own destinations.

Created to alleviate urban congestion and designed to utilize existing infrastructure, Jpod’s solar-powered carriages will travel along a suspended network. Unlike buses and trains that carry several passengers along predefined schedules and routes, Jpod carriages cater to the individual needs, destinations, and schedules of its riders. The JPod tracking system fulfills, monitors, and enables its riders to input their own schedules and destinations using an interactive touch screen. The program continually assesses these data points in a way that minimizes wait times and expedites the movement of disparate units to their respective points of arrival.

Thus far, each JPod looks to be “a 500 pound (226 kg) vehicle that can carry 1200 pounds (544 kg) of people and/or cargo at about 260 passenger-miles per gallon (0.90 l/100km).” Bill James, the inventor of the JPod concept, says, “JPods provides personal on-demand mobility in commuter-range transport of people and cargo using one tenth the energy of car, passenger trains and buses. JPods cut the cost from about 56 (US) cents a mile for cars to about 4 cents a mile.”

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For the sake of our health and sanity, we sure hope concepts like these gain traction, giving commuters around the world a much needed break from all the time wasted sitting in cars.

 

 

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