Response to the City of San Jose’s Request for Information on building solutions to traffic congestion and Climate Change:
There are multiple 10X (ten times) benefits in digitizing mobility.
Digitizing mobility is the solution to traffic congestion, Climate Change, perpetual oil-wars, and road-deaths:
- Morgantown’s PRT network (1972), the first digital network of grade-separated self-driving cars, has delivered 150 million injury-free, oil-free passenger-miles. In that same period, 1.8 million Americans died on the government road monopoly.
- You can see the beginnings of a Physical Internet® on streets as “Pirate-Patriots” purposefully violate laws to digitize mobility. They are flooding cities with ride-hailing, scooters, and self-driving cars on road.
- Freight railroads and ships use containers to digitize moving freight at 400+ ton-miles per gallon.
Communications digitized, replacing a century of rotary telephones with the Internet after the courts declared the Federal communications monopoly unconstitutional in 1982.
The Solar Mobility Act ends oil/coal burning transportation monopolies by enforcing the Constitution’s “post Roads” restriction. Unless rejected in writing, privately funded, solar-powered mobility networks 5 times more efficient than government roads pay 5% of gross revenues to use Rights of Way (following as pending in Massachusetts’ Legislature).
Following is documentation of Morgantown’s PRT, JPods efforts in the Bay Area, and what a modern JPods network would look like in San Jose.
Morgantown’s PRT (the first network of self-driving cars):
- A video of Walter Cronkite covering Tricia Nixon opening the first network of grade-separated self-driving cars (Personal Rapid Transit, or PRT) on Oct 24, 1972 in Morgantown, WV.
- 2013 letter from the Mayor of Morgantown on the efficacy of that network.
- 2013 video of the Morgantown PRT network.
JPods effort in San Jose in 2009, TEDx Atlanta in 2011, and Fremont in 2013.
JPods in San Jose
Route-Time™ software calculating travel times, required vehicles, etc…. From the Red Cross, walk-ride-walk times are Green = 5 minutes; Blue = 10 minutes, Yellow = 20 minutes, and Red = 30 minutes.
San Jose’s traffic and Climate Change problems could have been solved a decade, or 4, ago. Links to:
- 1972, below see Walter Cronkite covering the opening of the first network of self-driving cars in Morgantown, WV.
- Read Page 41, Congressional Office of Technology Assessment study PB-244854 to understand the century of regulatory barriers to transportation innovation. Federal regulations mandated a century of rotary telephones and 25 mpg efficiency of the Model-T. Courts declaring the Federal communications monopoly unconstitutional in 1982 allows the digitizing of communications; the Internet replace rotary telephones. As soon as the “post Roads” restriction is enforced to break the government transportation monopoly, transportation will digitize into the Physical Internet® with Hyperloops connecting cities, JPods networking dense urban areas, self-driving cars, rideshare, scooters, drones, etc… providing last-mile and off-network mobility. 2016 Red Bull TV documentary on the Future of Transportation.
- 2008, Proposal to San Jose
- 2008, ABC-7 coverage of JPods rideable demo in San Jose
- 2019, another RFI from the City of San Jose
- 2019, Proposal to San Jose