Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Future of Transportation, Pods

GM is proposing some variations on a theme as an approach to transportation needs in the future:
The above fugitive from Halloween is one variation , and below, this one:
is the Disney World variant. They seem to be Segways with full bodywork, and have performance and range in the 25 mi / 25 mph range. I assume they know that in the future, we will all be assigned jobs within 5 miles of our homes, or maybe homes within 5 miles of our jobs. Why so close? Because these are all-electric vehicles. Do you have any idea what happens to batteries in the winter, outdoors, unheated?

But let's assume it's summer, and you're cooking along at 25 mph, and a squirrel runs out in front of you. You slam on the brakes...

Fortunately it looks to be light enough that onlookers will be able to right it, and send you on your way, none the worse except for the double espresso mocha grande, which now sloshes about ankle deep on the floor.

They look like they open from the front. What do you suppose the odds are that you'll come to a halt face down, and unable to open the door? Maybe you can throw your weight around and rock it over to one side, then get the door open.

Very dangerous, sahib. You go first.

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