Traffic costs the people of Georgia about $76.9 billion each year. Thousands of jobs will be created to convert these costs into value and customer savings:
- $32.4 billion per year for foreign oil (link).
- $33.5 billion per year for accidents (link).
- $11.0 billion per year for congestion (link).
Radically safer and more efficient transportation is very well understood:
- Freight railroads average 476 ton-miles per gallon (link).
- The Personal Rapid Transit (PRT or podcar) network in Morgantown has delivered 110 million oil-free, injury-free passenger-miles since being built as a solution to the 1973 Oil Embargo in 1975. In that same period of zero injuries, 1.7 million Americans died on the government highway monopoly. Highway accidents are not accidents. Who they happen to is random, that they happen is a design feature of the highway network.
Our defect is we are moving two tons to move a person in start-stop traffic. JPods networks retool transportation with solar-powered, networks that combine freight rail efficiency with the on-demand service of the Internet.
In 1910 Thomas Edison noted it was practical to solar power our world:
“Sunshine is spread out thin and so is electricity. Perhaps they are the same, Sunshine is a form of energy, and the winds and the tides are manifestations of energy….. Do we use them? Oh, no! We burn up wood and coal, as renters burn up the front fence for fuel. We live like squatters, not as if we owned the property…. There must surely come a time when heat and power will be stored in unlimited quantities in every community, all gathered by natural forces. Electricity ought to be as cheap as oxygen….”