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Taxi Hauling

Future mass transportation has to change if we’re to cope with the number of motorized vehicles doubling to 1.3 billion by 2020. Cars are getting smaller, trains and buses are getting bigger and faster but what about the taxi? They’re the “other” modes of public transport in mega cities like Tokyo.

The Taxi Tokyo concept takes theories set forth by Ford Motors about how mass city transport is to work in the near future. Imagine a taxi consisting of a drive unit and separate passenger unit. The passenger units sit at predetermined check points. People get in and set their destination, swipe their card, and wait for the timely drive units to dock and take them on their way. The computer interface even accounts for multiple passengers and destinations. Ultimately the first passenger is the one to decide who he/she lets in.

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