Researching traffic congestion in the smartest cities of the world (using scientific analysis based on city-specific data sets - research outcome available on request - and empirical observations) - in London, Paris, Washington D.C., New York, Rome, Brussels, Sydney, Singapore, Kuala Lampur, Dubai and in all major cities of India - a few questions begged answering:-
-Why is traffic congestion endemic in the most vibrant cities?
-Is economic vibrancy and the consequent affluence that attract migrants fueling economic growth a cause-effect relationship and hence a factor in traffic congestion?
-Can greater numbers of urban mass transit Public Transport services reduce traffic congestion in our vibrant cities?
-Are there cause-effect relationships that could define the source of the problem and hence lead to development of a sustainable solution, keeping in view the Sustainable Development Goal #11 set by the United Nations for Sustainable Cities and Communities?
-What could a new transport design look like if it were to solve mobility problems, enabling environmentally friendly and sustainable methods of commuting in a resource constrained world?
-Can urban mobility be transformed and upgraded to a Hygiene Factor?
-Can the new design retain older conventional systems for ensuring sustainability even while fixing flaws of the old ways, instantly modernizing and stepping up urban mobility into the 21st Century??
-Can we ever flit from our urban doorstep - like Birds can from their nests - and soar at will safely, unlike the unfortunate Icarus of lore tried?
Unfortunately, human mobility system designs are currently inadequate for a digital age, with all urban transport systems being compromises, synonymous with delays, enforced wait for schedules, entailing inconvenient walks to and from boarding/alighting Stops - at times unsafe for the vulnerable- and incapable of offering that Icarus-like intuitive mobility of lore.
This deficiency is broadly due to a couple of connected reasons:
1. A combination of wheels & roads that create 2-dimensional linear mobility systems, with finite throughput capacities, while most urban habitation are now 3-dimensional for greater density. The first recorded high-rise building was the 10 Storey (Later 2 more floors were added) Fire Insurance building of Chicago, USA. That trend caught on worldwide for the higher efficiency in providing civic administration on a compact footprint while catering to dense habitation. However, this mismatch between denser habitation on smaller footprints compared to low-rise construction of yore, on limited urban real estate that left only a widening mechanism for roads to cater to the new-found attraction for personal mobility, contributes to traffic congestion as volumes exceed designed capacity.
2. The design that underpin all current mass transit systems descended from King Louis XIV’s decree of1662 to run “Carrosses à cinq sols” in Paris - on "fixed routes at fixed schedules". This legacy design followed by all urban mass transit system design now requires providing inconvenient urban boarding/alighting stops, fueling preference for private vehicles - parked right at the doorstep, accessible at any time.
Ironically, whilst our digital age demands working against the clock, this urban mobility design continues to be stuck in a sedate 17th century.
-What would a possible solution look like?
A new platform design that could operate in vertically separated tiers, by exploiting vacant spaces above all roads and rights-of-way could connect subscriber doorstep to conventional transit systems, by exploiting:-
-Autonomous Drone-platoons: Running above roads
-Movement of Drones: Suspended on static cable guide-ways
-Guide-way segment entry & turn control: IoT switches, Rail transitions
-Destination vectoring: LEO micro-satellites
-Commuter & Commute Data: Blockchain
-Sheathed Cables: Permit CVT drive, catering to acceleration& braking
-Onboard winch: Boarding & alighting at the doorstep and at Kerb/Pavement
-Digitization of routes & schedules: Interlinking to conventional mass transit systems.
(See below for a visual representation)
The platform kicks-off virtuous cycles, creates sustainable, compact, efficient built environment matching modern skylines, is safe scalable, economic, and offers value proposition of cars parked at the doorstep.
It would leapfrog existing traffic from doorstep, enable end-to-end seamless urban mobility and carve out spaces for Trees - the ultimate Carbon sequestration machines.
We could call it AirCab or AeroCab service (Aerodynamically Propelled Cable Tethered Cab)
How would Citizens interact with an AeroCab service?
Dial-up an AeroCab, and be alerted on its arrival via a digital update on your Smartphone - providing you the number and color-preference of your personal Transit Vehicle. It arrives at your doorstep for you to board. Travel to your destination doorstep in the City in style, privacy, safety and comfort.
Speed past grid-locked ground traffic, leapfrogging it, above polluted city-air, beyond ear-piercing honks, with panoramic vistas of the city-scape to entertain you.
Arrive calm composed and refreshed at your destination doorstep.
No more parking-spot hassles to be faced, as the AeroCab speeds away - until required again.
Meet the newest kid on the urban mobility circuit, with its design based on Bio-mimetic concepts.
BRIEF OPERATIONAL DESCRIPTION
Smart steel cable-based, vertically tiered system above roads act as guide-ways for suspended autonomous Drones to move at the speed of Cars through an urban built environment. Vertical vacant spaces above existing rights-of-way are used with a tiny urban footprint to move commuters from their doorstep to their destination. A dedicated constellation of micro-Satellites in Low Earth Orbit are deployed to provide control signals. Smart IoT Switches control the access of the autonomous Drones into cable guide-way segments. Route and Junction Switches prioritize turns, thereby vectoring the Drones through their way-points, onward to their destination.
>CAMPUS, TOWNSHIPS, GATED COMMUNES
Economical, Green, Aesthetic Campus Transit System:
Offers A Bonus to Rapid Mobility - panoramic bird's-eye views!
AEROCAT Vehicle is a design for transportation in hilly inhospitable terrain. With a light road-independent footprint, it can operate in all weather conditions. And at night. This design is an ingenious re-engineering of conventional cable/rope-ways, and a dramatically unique change till date since the times cable/rope-ways were first used in the 1800s. Improvements effected over conventional Cable Systems:
This design does away with bull-wheels and associated engines/motors, with vehicles powered from onboard, removing the straight-line constraints of laying cable/rope-ways, and lengthening the life of cables.
AEROCAT is a Military-grade, ruggedized 5-Seater semi-automatic version (including one Driver), meets SAE International's Automated Driving Systems specification J3016 Level 3.
The two versions of AEROCAT are:
A) Semi-Automatic, ruggedized, Mil-Spec (Driver Driven)
B) Semi-Automatic, pressurized, radiation-protected cabin, liquid-propellant motor driven (Driver Driven)
(see APPLICATIONS below for details)
A i.) Logistic Web Network Through Inhospitable Road-less Terrain For Last-Mile Stores Delivery, CasEvac/ MedEvac, Boots-To-Site for interdiction on receiving an 'Infiltrator Alert'
ii.) Surveilling Borders Along Difficult Terrain In Coastal And Land Areas, Sensitive Zones
B) Astronauts' liquid (mono/Bi) propellant Thruster-propelled Cable-tethered All Terrain Vehicle is a ground-independent excursionary system for extended periods of exploration. It provides logistic mobility for colonization of terrestrial planetary/Lunar surface, without the headaches of repeated lift-off, precise soft landings, docking efforts and avoids blasting-up the regolith deposited over the eons. It takes away uncertainties, offers cost and effort-optimized transportation with safety and reasonable comfort.
5 Man (4 + 1 Driver) / 4-Seater / 2-Seater
2 Stretchers And 1 Paramedic
650 Kg Load
Range: 150 KM
Optimized speed: 70KMPH Maximum
Gradeability: 30 Degrees Maximum
Safe Headway: 14 Sec
Cargo (Continuous Ops): 300Tons per hour (Grade Separated/ Bidirectional)
(Unwieldy items carried under-slung)
Passengers (Continuous Ops): 2000 per hour (Grade Separated)
>ARMY, MARINES, EXPEDITIONARY FORCES, PARA-MILITARY
AEROCAT is a modern logistical tool in the hands of the Commander facing logistical challenges in different terrain. An all-weather night-ops, logistics duty Vehicle, for use where no roads exist, in mountainous forested desert or coastal inhospitable terrain.
Mule trains, helicopters and even logistic drones can be replaced for the advantages of all night, all weather, all terrain operational convenience.
Highly trained combat-ready Pilots can now be re-deployed on cutting-edge operations rather than routine logistic duties, while optimally trained AEROCAT drivers replace them. Optimal backup support units can now replace expensive aviation-grade equipment.
AEROCAT enables the Commander to use terrain, nightfall and bad-weather to his logistic advantage, while the enemy sleeps, waiting it out, for rations fuel reinforcements and ammo.
The Commander can order removal crating and repositioning of AEROCAT's Pylons and Cables, adding or removing 'plug-and-play' segments in no time, changing the system's direction, stretch and coverage. Or shifting the direction and stretch of AEROCAT cable-way, by advancing the network or retreating, in step with the trench lines and beachheads.
>COAST /NATIONAL GUARD, BORDER PATROL, COASTAL POLICE
AEROCAT is for the modern-day patrols in uniform, keeping a bird's-eye view; Along Coastlines Borders and around remote-yet-strategic Islands;
With AEROCAT Systems deployed along borders, permanent "border-walls" and "Maginot Lines" are no longer required.
Coastline patrolling is now on 24x7, in all weather, all hilly rocky terrain and sea-states - even at night!
AEROCAT descends for a closer look, and speeds along over trackless sandy boulder-strewn or forested stretches.
The silently operating AEROCAT operations, with height and speed advantage ensures nothing escapes the Patrol-(Wo)man's roving eye.
AEROCAT's ability to carry an under-slung Dinghy/ ATV helps secure those suspicious areas spotted from above that need a physical sea/ ground-level look.
No need now for weather-susceptible air effort, or speedboats unable to look over the high-sea-state wave-heights; Nor for Automotive Vehicles deployed along perimeter roads susceptible to IEDs, burning tyre or debris blockade and stone-pelting damage.
>FOREST RANGERS, ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION WARDENS
Eagle eye view for anti-poaching patrolling and enumeration duties in Parks, Reserves and Sanctuaries
>REMOTE HILL HABITATIONS
Casualty-evacuation, Maternity assistance, Ambulance services to the remotest Hilly Mountainous hard-to-reach corners - in all weather.
>ECOLOGICAL TOURIST CIRCUITS, ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES
'No touch' tourism; Helps protect ecological or archaeologically-sensitive excavation sites
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Information On Turning, Braking, Acceleration, Navigation, Inter-Vehicle Spacing, Control And Method Of Rapid Installation Of Pylons In Inhospitable Terrain (Military Application) Are Withheld For Detailed Discussions With Interested Parties.
Patents Pending. Details will be uploaded shortly.
Patents Pending. Details will be uploaded shortly
Patents Pending. Details will be uploaded shortly
Wire Rope Barriers (WRB) are becoming de rigueur, as installed flexible median along the sides of carriageways. They physically separate opposite lanes thereby preventing Vehicles from head-on collision - should they leave their own lanes - and to prevent Vehicles from leaving the carriageway into unpaved area.
However, anecdotal evidence suggests that these twisted-steel ropes under tension, with three to four wires installed with gaps between them, can be lethal- for Motorcyclists as well as lightweight Motorcycles impacting them.
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Mr. John Nelson,
Indian Challenges To Ensuring Last Mile Connectivity: What Stops Setting Free The Aged & The Mobility-Challenged?
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