I have not done a Wednesday Wishlist in a while, but couldn't resist when I saw this article on Gizmodo. A small town in the UK is completely replacing it's bus system with 100 autonomous pods that go from the train station throughout the downtown area.
Forget Lightrail, forget BART, forget BRT, forget more congested freeways... this is the real future. The pods below are very much a first-generation product, but the vision is solid. I would love to see San Jose push to implement a more cutting edge version of this type of system that could perhaps connect SJC with existing mass transit systems and Downtown San Jose, and then eventually branch out to residential districts and corporate campuses across Silicon Valley. There is a company in Mountain View that is developing a magnetic PRT (Personal Rapid Transit) system that can go well above 80mph and can be supported by narrow monorail-like structures elevated above streets and walkways similar to the photo below.
What do you guys think? Does it make more sense to make a stronger push for a new innovative transit system or continue to extend the current systems we have today?