Although the autonomous vehicle is set to offer relief for many problems plaguing individuals in cities, it’s not enough to manage the huge number of commuters in the future. A driverless car, after all, is still a car, carrying, at best, a few people.
Even as other solutions clamor for the title of the next big mobility solution, public transit still remains the most effective form of shared transport, and with enough investment, it can help our cities cope with a heaving population and reduce their carbon footprint.
Transit needs to be safe and reliable, to be sure, but wouldn’t public transportation appeal to so many more if we made it more sustainable and comfortable?
So, how do we design transit to appeal to humans in our future cities? Let’s imagine…
Once considered the least glamorous of public transportation services, buses of the future are sleek, smooth, and sustainable. Rumbling engines have been swapped with high-performance batteries and metal and glass exchanged for lightweight polycarbonate for a ride that feels like you’re floating on a cloud. Most importantly, buses are on demand and there when you need them – just in time, not just in case.