What if Detroit innovated the next-generation of transportation? What if it doesn't?
If that question makes you squeamish, then it speaks worlds of how we have arrived at this juncture in our divisive journey. Take a really careful look and free yourself to recognize the reality. Arguably Metropolitan Detroit has ...
1 the most transportation-centric engineering talent, globally
2 the most high-tech automotive manufacturing facilities anywhere
3 resources to build expensive & complex consumer products
4 an automotive focus supported by mass-produced vehicles
5 the opportunity to influence the global transportation industry
Detroit's assets have historically been entirely at odds with traditional rapid-transit, not to mention the extraordinary cost of building such a system. With competing ideologies and diminishing budgets, it is clear we need to innovate.
The Detroifer sat down with an entrepreneur who has been working on a novel approach for nearly five years. He thinks he's got the solution ...
Detrotter: What is Intraduce?
Jeffrey Adik: Very simply stated, Intraduce is the physical combination of isolated paved-roadway infrastructure and automated self-driving rubber-tire vehicles.
To enable the system, inter-related elements work in concert. Integrating automated vehicle technology into rubber-tire electric-trams isolated from traditional traffic provides a tangible, efficient, low-cost general utility rapid-transit system. Construction advances that utilize the latest developments in mass-produced components, materials and foundation technology allow Intraduce very low costs (compared to traditional approaches) and unprecedented expediency to market, with minimal disruption to adjacent businesses and residents.
Detroiter: As an entrepreneur you have to think in terms of profitability. My understanding is that Intraduce goes beyond by enabling sustainability?
Jeffrey Adik: Intraduce actually empowers all three pillars of sustainability within its framework. Extending infrastructure utility to both rapid-transit vehicles and next-generation consumer cars, creates enough value to support economic sustainability. We set profitability, and support for regional assets, as primary requirements for Intraduce. What we found was a surprising number of new value-added services (automated valet, automated-chauffeur, media services, car-sharing, etc.) that offer a massive increase in the overall system value. This has created a substantial...