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steven landau

new york, ny, United States

Design instructor

Member since September 08, 2008

  • auto-train reconsidered


    In response to The concept sketches, posted by Aron Han,
    in the thread The concept sketches


    Aron, this is great work. I totally disagree that these ideas are not significant to issues that we care about in thesis. I am especially intrigued by the train concept. The problem with trains is that people have to drive their cars to the train station, then park and move their luggage to the train waiting room, then board the train. when they reach their destination, they have to rent another car, move all their luggage again, etc. this is very inefficient, and causes problems like traffic and parking and CO2. If we could drive little cars like the Smart car, for example, that are really good for city driving but not for long distance, and then hook them together to create a train for long-distance travel, it would solve many problems.

    There used to be a train called Auto Train that went from Washington, DC to Orlando, Florida, I think. It was a regular train that you could drive your car onto, so it is quite different from your concept, but it would be helpful to read about that to see how it worked.

    Is this what you are hoping to work on in your thesis? Have people designed cars before for thesis? You couldn't build a prototype, although you could create models using a 3D printer. Please tell me more about your plans...

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