Goods not people!
The smart money should be on delivering goods. not people!
- Over 50% of urban journeys are delivery
- You can't kill the occupant
- Goods are more patient than people
- Goods are more robust than people
An autonomous locomotive that pulls a series of "pallet trailers" holding standardised "boxes"
A network of "shunting yards" to rationalise journeys.
The loco can disassemble a pallet and deliver to the door
(A bit like Victorian trains really!)
Making the goods train, low axle weight and just big enough to carry a standard pallet, means that two would fit side-by-side in a EU standard road-lane, and Road damage obeys a fourth power of axle-weight law!