Some say the only option to get around the big cities will be fleets of robo-taxis (cabs without a driver). Our vision is more realistic and immediate:
The cars are the same that we already had and they continue to be private, but now they consume and pollute a quarter than before, and no longer cause traffic jams; because instead of each people driving its own car, an urban hitchhiking system (smartphone aided) has been reinvented. Municipalities realized that most people goes to work (and back home) by the same time; precisely at the times when there were more empty seats in the millions of cars getting around any big city at rush hour. There were so many path matches, that a coordination system to fill the vacant seats of a car along the route of it’s driver could be easily arranged.
All you need to travel is the app on your smartphone.
Now, just a few really need their own car, because you just get out, tell your smartphone where to go, and the first car going that direction with a free seat, picks you up. This service has been very successful and has spread quickly by all the major cities in the world, thanks to the advantages for its citizens: Is not only true that drivers save 75% of the expenses they had before, and passengers go with the convenience and speed of a taxi, at near bus fare; but also, as fewer cars are riding the street, we finally have stopped air pollution, traffic jams and parking problems.
When cars were used efficiently, problems ended.
Oil reserves will last for several generations more, and can be devoted to produce new synthetic materials (rather than burning in car engines to produce smoke and greenhouse gases). Cities like Beijing, that before had clear skies just a couple of days a year, are again liveable and nobody longer talks about the dangers of climate change.
It is not science fiction. It’s for now!
What would you think if I tell you It’s not a utopian vision, but some of us are already hands on working on it and, if we get enough support, we can achieve it next year?