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Most major cities suffer from traffic congestion, particularly during peak hours. This can cause a long wait for a traditional taxicab, and a frustratingly slow journey once it arrives.
I propose a network of powered paraglider taxis. A powered paraglider is, in essence, a parachute with a motor.
It is started on foot, travels through the air and can achieve an average speed of around thirty miles per hour. Although most such vehicles carry a single occupier, the technology already exists for a seasoned pilot to carry an untrained passenger.
Requiring only a short run in order to become airborne, this technology is ideal for the time-poor businessperson who needs to be somewhere quickly. The taxi-glider can be launched from a car park (parking lot), a quiet side-street or even the flat roof of a sky-scraper.
Need to get to a meeting quickly? Booked a last-minute flight, and worried about the traffic on the way to the airport? The sky is no longer the limit!
(Air-space restrictions may apply; the proponent of this idea takes no responsibility for injury or death caused by pre-emptive military action.)
||interesting idea. it would certainly work for a little
while, but it would be difficult to sustain if it grew
very much. if there were as many taxi-gliders as
taxis, there could be traffic problems. and limited
cargo space, though I suppose that's not always an
issue and could help limit business so that we don't
have too much traffic.
||This would cause more car accidents and thus more gridlock, from drivers looking upward at the paragliders instead of where they're going...
||Wow - four years for an anno!
||Impractical and therefore [+].
||I'm not entirely sure I'd want to take off from a skyscraper -
take-offs are generally safer than landings because they
begin closer to the ground. On the other hand, I wouldn't
want to take off in the turbulent wind-funnels between
skyscrapers on the ground.