Personal Rapid Transit Pod cars- Heathrow Just Got Futuristic
posted on Nov 21 2013 by Jade Hensby
There has been a lot of talk about the use of Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) pod cars over the last few years. Some people believe that the pod cars, which are cheap to build, cheap to run and extremely efficient could one day replace all public transport and private cars. How would this work, and why are they better than what we have now
Once we go past the fact that each pod car has low-emissions, the main appeal for many is that there is no need for a driver. PRT could become the solution to those who find themselves without transport, whether it be financial or physical, so how does this technology work A computer controlled system of vehicles providing private on-demand travel are powered by electricity and are able to run on small overhead guideways.
Heathrow have paved the way for PRT pod cars and have used them to ferry customers from Terminal 5 to the car parks since 2011. These pod cars can run for 22 hours a day, 7 days a week and use an estimated 50% less energy than the buses they had replaced.
How would this work for the general public All the cars travel at a safe speed under a reliable computer guidance system meaning there are no accidents. They've been described as the most environmentally friendly form of transit ever invented. High praise indeed but for this to become a reality on our streets would be a question of all or nothing, we would have to have no cars or no pod cars.
Ultimately it may prove too expensive to bring mass-implementation of TRP systems into our cities, however when there is newly built developments such as airports and urban environments this system could prove its value.
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