TED Points 06: What a driverless world would look like

  • ⏲ 11:31 length
  • 👍 Engaging storytelling
  •  💯 Worth the watch: thought-provoking talk about biology and traffic to rethink traffic

  1. Our biological vascular system is the most sophisticated "transportation laboratory" that has been perfected over billions of years to move nutrients, gases, and proteins.
  2. The old thinking is to enlarge existing highways but it's just not viable in growing dense urban environments when the real estate and public finances aren't available.
  3. What if there were driverless systems that keep flowing and can have modular vehicles that breakaway to deliver passengers to destinations? What if there was an elevated bus that could drive above cars that were stuck in traffic?
In the US alone, we spent 29.6 billion hours commuting in 2014. With that amount of time, ancient Egyptians could have built 26 Pyramids of Giza.
Why are we wasting so much space if it is what we need the most? Why are we doing this to ourselves?