The asphalted roads are already here, so how best to utilize them is the question?
Because, if you slip and fall on the blacktop, it's your own asphalt.
I was thinking more like two sets of tracks, one going each way, and have it only in certain areas. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheel_hub_motor
shows companies that are making electric motor hub wheels. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheel_hub_motor
is a patent pending on a 15 hp electric motor hub wheel retrofit onto a vehicle. Here's the inventor: Dr. Charles Perry http://green.autoblog.com/2009/07/05/former-ibm-engineer-wins-award-funding-for-hybrid-retrofit-kit/
Best of both worlds, electric motor/generator hub in a railroad wheel! We're talkin' a marriage made in heaven. The rolling resistance is practically non-existent. Ever wonder how a train could be up to one mile long?
Hey, I'm also with you, John, on the fact that this is only the preliminary to something else that is much more amazing. Just like Eckhart Tolle wrote about the flower being the enlightenment of the plant, and the bird being the enlightenment of the reptile, what is the 'enlightenment' of the auto? Well, for starters, environmentally-speaking, using the railroad could be looked at as being more enlightened than the blacktop.
What could be more enlightened than the rail? In my own estimation (drum roll)...the SOLAR SHIP!
Oh yes, floating, er I mean flying around has its own logistic problems, though none that are insurmountable. First of all, the 'friendly fascist' technology of high-tension powerlines would have to go away from many areas. You can't float, I mean, fly around with THAT in the way!
Float? Fly? What am I saying anyway? The SOLAR SHIP is two, two, two crafts in one! It is filled with a lifting gas to become neutral buoyancy. Then the propellers (not my idea of powering it) push it along, and it generates lift by its wing shape. It is basically a buoyant 'swept-wing'.
I've talked with the company at length with all my new ideas and changes, and NDA drawings, only to be turned down, stating that they have too much invested in the way that they're doing things now up in Toronto, Canada.
In my humble opinion, the Solar Ship IS the enlightenment of the auto...that is, if my design modifications were to be implemented. They are totally caught up in red tape to please their investors, and cannot think outside the box and shift gears to what I've proposed.
Fortunately, I got an NDA with them, so the unique concept that I propose could still be patented, for it is more than 40% different than theirs. But do I really want to patent my idea? Eh, probably not. Patents seem to hinder progress, and create monopolies with ideas and concepts, sometimes preventing very good environmental programs to be implemented.
Okay, here is their webpage, so you get an idea of what the SOLAR SHIP looks like in its present form. It is quite a feat of engineering in and of itself. Though it is crying-out to be updated and upgraded to something that could revolutionize transportation as we presently know it...
2001 Space Odyssey music...
i.e. 'FUEL-LESS FLIGHT'!http://solarship.com/
Let me know if you're interested in seeing the drawing design modifications for the Solar Ship.