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At the request of the City of San José's Department of Transportation, the General Transportation Fund, Rodzmas, INIST, Spartan Superway, Southern Illinois University, and Swenson Solar have collaborated to present a vision for Solar Skyways in Silicon Valley.
We envision an unobtrusive guideway above the streets with small podcars for you and your family, friends, or colleagues. We offer to liberate the landscape at street level for people, pets, flowers, and sidewalk cafes.
Riding high above the streets!
With many stations, small and large, we can get you there quickly, right where you want to go.
Authorized riders will be able to take a podcar right to their office or high rise apartment building. With offline stations, folks en route to other destinations will go right past the building without stopping.
Where freeways have cut through neighborhoods, separating former neighbors, podcars can restore connectivity without the expense of high overpasses.
This map shows how the podcar network navigates the streets to quickly get you to your destination.
Though it's not the first choice, where at-grade barriers are too daunting, it is after all possible to build the guideway over freeways.
Automated cars invading our cities, creating even more congestion, noise, and danger at every turn? Or a smart city restored for people -- the technology for our transportation system to rise above the streets is now at hand -- and the choice is ours again.
Our formal presentations to the City of San José Department of Transportation can be seen here:
Stay tuned for more!