In the future, electric robocab will arrive in 15 seconds, drive express to your station

Arriving soon at a major airport:

“Welcome to Heathrow, your robocab awaits” – The Times Online (via EVworld)

Concept art:

ULTra Personal Repid Transit - Heathrow Airport, UK

ULTra Personal Repid Transit - Concept Art

Image source and more photos: http://www.atsltd.co.uk/media/pictures/

Manufacturer’s home page: http://www.atsltd.co.uk/

Ironically, this amazing, very low carbon, system would be taking people from, ahem, cars to airplanes. Let’s hope that future installations provide consistent alternative transportation from door to door (or street corner to local farmers’ market).


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In the Future, Flying Cars Will Become Commonplace. High-Rise Condos Will Become Slums As Rich Move Underground for Safety.

Belaire Condominium [New York City], 12 October 2006, after being hit by a small aircraft

Belaire Condominium, [New York City] 12 October 2006, after being hit by a small aircraft. Image Source: Wikipedia. (Click Here for Main Article.)

Fortunately,

“An aircraft that can replace the automobile is still an object of fantasy and speculation. Such a flying car would have to be very easy to fly safely and be able to operate from driveways and parking lots with little or no special preparation.” (Source: Wikipedia, emphasis added.)

See also:

  • “Small, fixed-wing planes have been banned from flying along the East River in New York City unless the pilot is in contact with air traffic control, the Federal Aviation Administration said Friday. The announcement comes two days after a plane carrying New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle above the East River slammed into a skyscraper.” Source: CBS/AP, October 13, 2006

This post is dedicated to the memory of New York Yankees baseball pitcher Cory Lidle and his flight instructor Tyler Stanger. May we learn the lessons and remember.


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