App based taxis have reduced the problem to a certain extent. Purchase of second or third vehicle has reduced to an extent. Since the taxis can go into small lanes unlike buses, there is no problem of last mile connectivity. However these vehicles too add to the pollution.
The advent of electric autonomous vehicles on regular roads in the west is a positive development. Companies like Tesla, Google and others have released self driving battery cars on regular roads.
However there are challenges of doing the same in Indian cities. Firstly even if everyone shifts to battery powered vehicles it will not solve the problem of congestion. Secondly the disorganised roads and driving habits are a challenge for autonomous vehicles.
We need not wait for the future to evolve, we can design our future. A future that is clean, safe and uncongested.
Our cities are growing at a rapid pace. International companies are setting up offices here for our talent. These generally develop in new areas around our cities. These areas can be designed to enable futuristic transportation right now. New cities being created like Amaravati capital of AP can also be designed in this manner.
- No traditional vehicles will be allowed into these zones.
- People have to take public transportation into the zone or park at the entry points of these zones.
- To travel inside these zones people have to use an app to book an autonomous cab.
- On booking a cab, the self driven cab will arrive at the GPS location of the person booking the cab and drive itself to the destination entered in the app.
- Roads will be designed purely for autonomous vehicles thereby ensuring that is is absolutely safe and reliable.
- Since there are no personal vehicles, none of the offices or residences in this zone need to have parking levels.
- Since the vehicles are battery powered they will not cause any pollution.
- Since the vehicles will use pooling model, the number of vehicles on the roads will be drastically less.
- Such a system can be created at a fraction of the cost of creating Metro rail or similar transport systems.
- The technology for the same is ready and tested.
- It is a pollution free transportation system.
- It will decongest the roads and we can allocate less space for roads.
- It will make the roads absolutely safe.
- It can connect places in the smallest roads.
This inexpensive concept can help bring technologies of the future to India immediately and solve to some extent the biggest problem facing Indian cities. Instead of waiting for latest transport technologies to trickle down to our cities we can start using them right away by creating bubbles around our existing seats.