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.
- The buses run at inefficient capacity for 14 hours of the day
- 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.
The Solution: A city can use smaller buses + autonomous technology to allow the city to make its transportation flexible, profitable for the city, safe, and accessible 24/7
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
Turing Motor Company will own the world’s largest privately managed Test Track. Mayors and city leaders will be invited to our 2,000 acre Test Track to see our minibusses driving in various conditions, safely.
We will provide all the technology and data the cities need to implement our solution.
In the next article of the series, we will discuss our approach to Sharing our technology.
This article was written by Ned Goodhue. Ned is the Founder and CEO of Turing Motor Company. Ned is passionate about all things AI. Ned is also passionate about aviation, traveling, understanding different cultures, theatre, and reading.
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-Turing Motor Company