Personalized Public Transportation Systems

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012, 9:30-10:30am San Francisco / 12:30pm-1:30pm New York / 5:30 -6:30 London/ 6:30-7:30pm Paris and Frankfurt


 Efficient, reliable, and technologically convenient transportation has always been one of the cornerstones in any grand, all-encompassing portrait of a future defined by technological marvels in an advanced society. From Jules Verne’s fictional modes of transportation in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea or Around the World in Eighty Days to feature editorials in publications like Scientific American or Popular Mechanic that idolize futuristic concept technologies, advanced transportation systems have long been the mark of a future not yet arrived. At least not until now.

            AGRION’s transportation webinar will look at current and future transportation technologies that bring a distant future into the present. Martin Lowson, President of Ultra Global PRT, will discuss the recent introduction of ultra-lightweight electric vehicles for environmentally sustainable, personal transportation at Heathrow Airport.


Ultra Global PRT, Martin Lowson, President


Tango Car, Rick Woodbury, President


Steve Jobs once said, “People don’t know what they want until we show them.” When asked by a reporter, what kind of market analysis he did before coming out with the Macintosh, Jobs scoffed and asked, “What kind of market analysis do you think Alexander Graham Bell did before inventing the Telephone?” But it is also true that people sure know what they don’t want. They hate traffic congestion and looking for parking places. A disruptive innovation is needed. An electric car is not a disruptive innovation. It does not make peoples’ lives easier or more enjoyable. Being green will certainly sell a number of EVs. However, it is not enough to get tens of millions to switch from gasoline to electric. Disruption must provide a major improvement, and in the case of electric cars, must have huge benefits to offset the drawbacks.

Looking through the lens of getting a job done, it is obvious that commuters are using the wrong tool for the job. There are 140 million workers in the US, of which 106 million are single-occupant drivers carrying around four or more empty seats, which are the cause of traffic and parking congestion. The right tool for the job is the size of a motorcycle with the safety and comfort of a car that can fit in half a lane and park four in a typical parallel parking space. This vehicle now exists. It is called the Tango. It is expensive at present, but could be manufactured as inexpensively as any other car of the same quality, if produced in a similar volume. The dilemma is finding the capital to build in volume when companies depend on market analysis to make their decisions.


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11 personnes sont présentes à cette réunion, parmi lesquelles :
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City of Oakland
Equipment Services Manager
Director of Operations & Development
Director of Transportation Efficiency
Midtown Raleigh Alliance
Executive Director
UC Berkeley Extension
Business Development Manager
Managing Partner
International Projects Manager

Haas School of Business
MBA Candidate
Delete the Seats
Ultra-narrow Car Advocate
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