London’s Heathrow airport will use “podcars” for transit next year

If we ever have any hope of reducing our dependence on the personal automobile, I really feel we need to find an alternative that still gives someone at least the appearance of privacy and personal space.

I remember seeing something on “podcars” a number of years ago and thinking what a great idea they were.  Then the concept seemed to fall off the radar.

Now it appears that London Heathrow will be running a short (3.5 km), driverless, podcar network to transport travellers from the parking lot to the terminal.  While admittedly small, simply having a functioning, public example of this technology goes a long way towards eventual public acceptance.

While eliminating personal transportation is probably the best option from an environmental standpoint, I think actually working towards that is unrealistic and doomed to failure.  We like our personal space, we like having the ability to choose when we take trips, and we like not sitting next to that guy who smells of onions, cigarettes, and Aqua Velva.  I think something like this might be step in the right direction in moving us away from our current modes of transportation towards something a little more sustainable.

Podcar

Next up, flying cars from Bob Cummings?

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4 responses to “London’s Heathrow airport will use “podcars” for transit next year”

  1. Annette says :

    But….I like Aqua Velva

  2. Sandy Elling says :

    The “driverless” feature of the vehicle is something your Dad could use! A safer environment for all.

  3. inel says :

    This is even more cool and smaller than the AirTrain at San Francisco airport (and other U.S. locations). Thanks for highlighting this for LHR.

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