Traffic costs the people of Missouri about $21.2 billion each year. Thousands of jobs will be created to convert these costs into value and customer savings:
- $13.9 billion per year for foreign oil (link).
- $ 1.8 billion per year for congestion (link).
- $ 5.5 billion per year for "accidents" (link).
- Note who as an "accident" is random, that accidents cost $5.5 billion/year is repeating consequence of engineering and management decisions.
- 0.9 injuries/million is the outcome of regulating by ASTM Internation F24.
- 11,200 injuries/million is the outcome of Federal DOT regulations.
Radically safer and more efficient transportation is very well understood:
- Freight railroads average 476 ton-miles per gallon (link).
- The Personal Rapid Transit (PRT or podcar) network in Morgantown has delivered 110 million oil-free, injury-free passenger-miles since being built as a solution to the 1973 Oil Embargo in 1975. In that same period of zero injuries, 1.8 million Americans died on the government highway monopoly. Highway accidents are not accidents. Who they happen to is random, that they happen is a design feature of the highway network.
Following is a clever presentation from Uber on the absurdity of moving two tons to move a person in congested urban traffic. JPods removes the two tons, removes the repetitive start-stops, and grade-separates the machines from the pedestrian plane.