for anyone trying to sell you the idea that driverless cars are the future, here's some fun stats to share with them (and feel free to do your own research):
average automated rapid transit train car length: 70 feet
transit train car capacity: 100-200 depending on design
transit train cruising speed: 80-200+mph depending on design
average compact car length: 14.5 feet which equates to…
2.5 cars per 70 foot span optimistically assuming safe following distance between driverless vehicles is the length of one car
average driverless car capacity: 4
average driverless car capacity per 70 foot span: 10
realistic driverless car capacity per 70 foot span given current driver trends (optimistic): 5
unrealistic stats assuming driverless vehicles are perpetually touching bumpers nascar style equates to 4.8 cars per 70 foot span, which equates to…
unrealistic average driverless car capacity per 70 foot span: 19.2
unrealistic driverless car capacity per 70 foot span given current driver trends (optimistic): 9.6
optimistic cruising speed (highly unlikely with rush hour traffic at capacity, even if gridlock control is implemented): 60mph
also: public transit infrastructure is the #1 equatable factor to reducing wealth inequality globally, just as reducing lead is to crime.
in sum, driverless cars are not the future. they may just be the most overhyped thing since the segway.
@ellorailways @ellotravel @ellotech #transit #traffic