Turing Motors Approach: Dynamic Public Transportation

This article is part 5 of 8 in a series written by Turing Motor Company’s CEO: Ned Goodhue. This series outlines the Turing Motors approach to bringing level 5 autonomous vehicles to market.

Flexible & Dynamic Public Transportation — DPT

The Need: Buses & Light Rail are too expensive, inflexible, and run at a loss for the city.

  • They are overcrowded for 2 hours of the day.
  • There is often no service at all for 8 hours of the day.
  • The city loses a ton of money.

How it works in a nutshell

  • Much smaller AV vehicles are dispatched on-demand
  • The route is created in real-time and continuously recalculated.
  • The city will be profitable

How it works for the Public

  • The vehicle holds 8 people plus a “host” (for a while)
  • It is accessible to wheelchair & bicycles.
  • The route is optimized for all passengers in real-time.
  • Someone can call a minibus now, or schedule one in advance.
  • The city determines the price of the trip.

How it works for the City

  • It provides a higher quality service at a lower cost
  • The busses provide 24/7 service
  • The operating costs are 1/3 of traditional buses.
  • Electric minibusses run emission and noise-free

Net Cost — Zero.

  • Step One: A city sells their used traditional buses.
  • Step Two: The city uses the money to buy 5X our the mini-buses.
  • Net cost: $0
  • It can be implemented slowly:
  • Sell 3 used buses
  • Get 15 new mini-buses
  • Run a pilot project in one area and examine results for further deployment

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