Re: [carfree_cities] IGT - the utlimate way to beat the car
- This reminds me of the local University 'drunk van'. During the late
night hours (something like 10pm-4am), students can call a number to
have a van pick them up and drop them off at their destination (in a
roughly half mile area.) The driver gets the calls, and then plans out
his route by himself. Waits can sometimes be up to half an hour. I'd
imagine with the IGT system, the automated aspect could significantly
cut these delays.
This seems like it could work well in dense suburban environments.
There, distances may be a little too far (and too unpleasant) to walk,
yet not far enough to require large vehicle dead-heads. In an urban
environment, it may also be a good substitute for taxi cabs and some
circulator bus service.
The utility seems to be limited to a certain range of usage. With very
little usage, empty vans would be running around the city and waiting
times. At very high usage, they would end up functioning like a fixed
bus route, only less efficiently.
The technology does seem to be the key. If the technology is properly
implemented, it could even be retrofitted in to existing taxi services.
> 11 - What about off-peak use? How efficient is a fleet of IGTs late at night? I suppose fewer vehicles would be "online" but it seems like getting a good balance between that number and keep journey short could be some work...