9650Re: Efficiency and the automobile
- Mar 4, 2006I like the idea of an e-stop button. Same idea as e-stop buttons in gas stations and shop
rooms--allow someone to hit a mushroom button to stop a dangerous situation. It would
allow for hijacking, but on the other hand, a lack of e-stop buttons would not stop a
However, I suspect that vehicle hijacking would not be a problem in Joel's reference city,
since there would be eyes on the street--you could safely walk around at 0400 if you
wanted. As for armored cash deliveries, there's metro-freight, and seeing that armored
trucks typically aren't robbed while waiting a few minutes at a red light or in heavy traffic, I
doubt that an [electric] armored truck would be vulnerable moving down a carfree street at
3 mph. (How is cash delivered to ATMs in Venice?)
What would the restrictions be on walk-behind electric trucks in a carfree city? I'm
primarily thinking of electric pallet trucks for moving extremely shipping pallets at 3 mph.
> Zermatt is carfree, but it does have some electric taxis
> that largely fill the requirements I have proposed. Their
> drivers, however, are still aggressive enough to be
> dangerous and annoying. One solution is to put an e-stop
> switch on all corners of the vehicle. Anyone in the street
> can slap it, bringing the taxi to an abrupt halt until
> the driver gets out, gets told off by the annoyed pedestrian,
> pulls out the e-stop switch, and drives on. It MIGHT work.
> Then again, taxi drivers are taxi drivers--about half of
> them are bastards, the world around.
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