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USA; Pod Cars have new champion in Silicon Valley

Mountain View may be alien territory for the Pod People, but the Pod Car? Maybe not.

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, there was talk of a futuristic transportation system that could reduce traffic and the number of employee shuttles in northern Mountain View.

An “Automated Transit Network,” also known as a “pod car” system or personal rapid transit, is being developed as an option for cities needing to manage their traffic more efficiently, said Ron Swenson, co-founder and executive director of the Institute for Sustainable Transportation, in a presentation to the council. The system puts computer-operated vehicles on dedicated guide-ways in an effort to maximize efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

“We haven’t been able to reach our mobility goals with bicycles, cars, buses and trains,” Swenson said.


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