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Kill High-Speed Rail in favor of Self-Driving Car Autobahn?

Original post made by Forward, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jan 24, 2013

I listened to the governor's speech and his comments about high speed rail (HSR), and it occurred to me that maybe HSR isn't the way of the future.

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Posted by Forward
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 24, 2013 at 11:48 am

Oh, and two more advantages to a driverless car autobahn: easier to protect from sabotage and less likely to be deadly to so many people in the event something goes wrong. Also, easier to bring innovations to than HSR which would be way less flexible.


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Posted by ILUVIT
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 24, 2013 at 12:39 pm

This is a great idea, it is so much more practical. No loss of home value if you live too close to Park or Alma, no loss of home to Eminent Domain if you live on Park.


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Posted by Mr.Recycle
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 24, 2013 at 10:23 pm

And your self driving car could stop at In-N-Out to pick up a double double


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Posted by Forward
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 25, 2013 at 12:37 am

A separate "auto" autobahn could even make it possible for cars to join up to reduce aerodynamic drag...


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 18, 2013 at 1:47 pm

I have always in the past been in favor of HSR until the costs started adding up and now I think that something along these lines would be the way to go instead.

We are no longer talking about self driving cars as being too far in the future and even if they start out as partial self driving, this type of autobahn could work as a much better system.

Apart from privately owned cars joining this autobahn, there could be zip car schemes as well as company cars and other types of rental cars that could enter the autobahn.

I could see this as being something truly innovative and the worldwide leader in such technology. Rather than jumping on the HSR at the end of its life, yes we should be jump starting a brand new technology.