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These things would be trains that you
park your car on, that would act like
ferries, allowing you to bring your
car to your destination (and thus be
able to use it there) while saving
driving time and danger. The idea is
like eg for the I-5 Corridor, on the
west coast, you could have train
at each major city, and
still be able to drive around in the
cities once you get there.
Very similar idea, without the maglev part (which is pretty incidental anyway). [egnor, Feb 15 2001, last modified Oct 05 2004]
Real Non-Maglev Land Ferry
One from a prominent research at Washington U who specializes in rapid personal transportation systems. I think this is what you were describing, StarChaser. So, concept baked; real-world half-baked [Wes, Feb 15 2001, last modified Oct 21 2004]
||Baked for years, without the maglev part which is, as Egnor says, incidental anyway. Amtrak has had car-trains forever...The website is being bitchy at the moment, so I can't post a link, though.
||Why even move your car? Put in car ports at points within walking distance of the train station. No keys, always ready to roll.
Each car has GPS and is identifiable by its unique code, same as cell phones. As long as you bring in the car and hop back on the train within your deadline, all car fees are included in the cost of the train ride.
||reensure your idea has been baked by a japanese (i think?) university that has electric cars which once used by someone that checks one out with a keycard drive themselves back across town to one of several pre-set parking/recharging areas
||Wes: No, that's not what I was talking about, although it's kind of a neat idea anyway. Amtrak, the largest / only remaining American passenger train company, has 'autotrains'. Go to the station, they put your car on the train, you get on the train yourself, you go to your destination, they get your car off and you have your car.
||Why park the cars on a train? The cars have wheels, don't they? Just drive the car with the two front wheels on a little cart on the rails. The cart knows where it is going and how much distance there is to other carts. It is powered by the wheels of the car or with electricity in a trolley bus fashion. I will make a new Halfbakery entry for this.