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Everything on the road becomes a driveable surface.
Transportation can be profoundly altered by making every road
worthy vehicle a driveable surface. Forget about the aethetics
the ramp shape. If cars could simply drive over eachother like
those glorious wedge shaped battle robots of the fighting robot
fad, innumerous transportation problems
related to congestion
collisions would be permanently solved. These wedges would be
onramp and an offramp shaped wedge.
Of course minor collisions between vehicles would be a normal
occurance when one mounts the other, but design considerations
would minimize the effects. Vehicle elevation would vary based
on speed of travel. A stopped wedge would be almost flat on
ground, and in fact rubber stoppers on the bottom of vehicles
would become an additional braking mechanism. A faster
wedge would easily travel over another slower wedge, and
and speeding up would be the main mechanism for maintaing
traffic flow over and under vehicles.
In the year 3013 overpopulation and wedge shaped vehicles will
form streams of traffic several vehicles wide and many vehicles
deep. Navigating through this streaming, fluid mass of vehicles
would still be regulated by wedge elevation adjusted by speed.
With cars travelling above and below eachother the wedges are
displaced at varying angles as cars are navigated between
ascending and decending these motile ramps.
Older Idea with some similarities
Older idea with some similarities [Vernon, Sep 27 2013]
Another older idea with some similarities
Another older idea with some similarities [Vernon, Sep 27 2013]
[FlyingToaster, Sep 27 2013]
Only tangentially related
I see a business model to be developed - somebody is going to have to sell snacks and drinks to the people in the cars on the bottom... [normzone, Sep 27 2013]
Been watching "The Fast & The Furious 6"? [neutrinos_shadow, Oct 01 2013]
||Why, this is just crazy enough to not work!
||well, that's a disturbing image [+] like that story about people caught in a future rush-hour for generations.
||So the poor guy in the vehicle at the bottom of the heap never moves again and dies of carbon monoxide poisoning just because he stopped to avoid running over a squirrel?!? Shirley there must be some way of preventing such an occurrence?
||And how would a tow truck remove a disabled vehicle?
||// Shirley there must be some way of
preventing such an occurrence? //
||Yes. Easy. Don't brake for squirrels
||Tow trucks and emergency vehicles would be specially
designed to have powered drive wheels on the top and
bottom, so they
could wedge right into the thick of things.
||When these are introduced, some poor sod will be overtaking on a motorway, halfway up the ramp-car in front when the one in front slams the brakes on.
||mmmm piles of wedge shaped cheese. mmmm
||It's obvious this would never work: People would
jockey for top positions and then turn off their
motors for a free ride.