Ways to decrease road traffic:
- Have as much of the population live as close to their place of work, school or worship as possible.
- Work at home. There are companies that facilitate this for people. They set up the systems and equipment needed. In the coming years there might be quite a demand for providers like these to set things up for businesses so that their workers can work at home. Other alternatives that people can implement themselves: People could live and work in farms. Or set up home-based businesses.
- Good city planning. (Related to number 1.)
- Efficient, reliable and affordable public transportation. Making use of current developments made by ride-sharing apps.
- Create a slot/schedule system for everyone to enter the time that they need to arrive at a particular destination and this gives out schedules for their time to leave and keeps the time they are in the road to a minimum. This would only work if the top 3 items have been implemented, as there are a finite number of slots and this system would still fail if huge numbers of people need to move around through the same space.
- Have enough parking spaces. These need parking spaces: self-driving cars (that pick up several passengers as needed), pick-up points, people who still drive. (Having enough parking spaces also reduces the time some vehicles have on the road circling around looking for parking spaces.)
- Flying cars?
- Just stay at home or inside one's building or in one's neighborhood. With all the devices we have in our home enabling work, play, study, exercise and shopping for supplies; and facilities inside buildings like gyms, recreation rooms; and neighborhood parks, one can spend less time on the road, and more time living.
There is a possible barrier to entry for 4 & 5 for people who don't have data connections on their smartphones to schedule their departures. This can be addressed by having public access to the scheduling systems near where people would get on the vehicles, or distributed around the area. This can be kiosks or only wifi with access to the scheduling system.
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