03 Aug '12, 10am

Could Heathrow's Autonomous Podcars Be Scalable to City-Wide Use?

Could Heathrow's Autonomous Podcars Be Scalable to City-Wide Use?

Fully Charged /Video screen capture Lloyd has mixed feelings about PRT (Personalized Rapid Transit). He has described these driverless on-demand vehicles as a cyberspace technodream . And while he has agreed that Heathrow's now operational PRT system makes sense in replacing buses that are often running half-empty throughout the night, he questioned whether such an expensive system could ever be scalable to city-wide use or the suburbs. The answer is still out on that one. But whether or not we believe PRT can be made to work on a large scale, we should accept one thing: PRT looks really, really fun. And if you're not convinced, then take a look at Robert Llewellyn's face as he takes one of these space-age vehicles for a test drive. (Or, more accurately, a test ride...) Fully Charged /Video screen capture Besides the boyish enthusiasm, Robert talks with Professor Martin Lo...

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