“What starts here changes the world.” That’s the University of Texas slogan. It seems like they are about to do just that. The campus may be in for a futuristic type change with how students get to class. See, Austin is one big traffic jam. It is, by far, the worst thing to ever happen to this city. It shouldn’t take me two hours to go 15 miles through downtown. But good news is on the way for the students and faculty on campus.
One Austin tech entrepreneur, Richard Garriott, wants to bring personal rapid transport to the Forty Acres.
From The Austin Statesman:
The particular stuff Garriott has in mind is a 7.2-mile web of elevated tramways, running alongside city streets from West Campus, in and around the University of Texas, and then on to the university facilities just east of Interstate 35. Running on those paths would be battery-powered, self-driving podcars with room for up to six people, each vehicle directed by those passengers to a particular destination on the circuit.
Got class a mile away and it starts in ten minutes? No worries about having to navigate through traffic on a bus when you and five of your close classmates can hop in a pod and get there in no time. I gotta say this idea is kind of cool.
UT currently has 14,000 parking spots on campus, but can have up to nearly 80K people there. For all those math impaired out there. That’s what you call a problem. Currently, they are in preliminary discussions on the plan, but could move closer to bringing it to campus soon.
I don’t see how this thing could become a bust. Unless, of course, no UT student has pod sex in it on their way to class. Then it would be a failure..
[via The Austin Statesman]
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