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Conclusion

A great deal of attention is given to gas mileage optimizations, hybrid cars, and alternative fuel sources.  But this quickly becomes a case of chasing diminishing returns.   So why not broaden our thinking?  Why not create a system that also eliminates traffic fatalities, is environmentally friendly, and makes our lives easier?  That's what PRT is all about.

It's easy to imagine that mankind will not be driving automobiles a thousand years from now.  Or even 200 years from now.  So when?  The technology required to implement the PRT already exists.  Given the inherent limitations of our existing transportation system, why not reap the benefits of a better system now?

So where do we go from here?  Clearly PRT is an undertaking of vast proportions.  Much R&D will be required to finalize countless aspects of the design before committing to one particular specification.  Ideally funding would be made available such that the major engineering colleges could pair with appropriate industries (automotive, software, etc) to develop competing designs.  Fortunately the idea of individualized vehicles running on tracks is not new.  A handful of very dedicated individuals have been pushing various PRT (Personal Rapid Transit) concepts for many years.  They invariably differ from PRTProject in scope since they're designed to coexist with the automobile rather than replace it...running at airports or down major thoroughfares, but the good news is that MUCH of their work applies directly to this concept.

To see more of these concepts, visit the following links...

SkyWeb Express:  www.taxi2000.com
Austrans:  www.austrans.com
Vectus PRT:  www.vectus.se
Great PRT reference:  http://faculty.washington.edu/jbs/itrans/prtquick.htm


Finally, attempting to predict the future of transportation is always risky business.  Take a look at this wonderful movie by Disney from way back in 1958...

 

While most of their predictions seem outlandish in hindsight, the idea of fully automated transportation is inescapable.

If you have feedback on the concept, feel free to contact me...

gary@PRTproject.com

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