Transport of the Future
The problem that has inspired me to carry out a creative exercise on the transportation of the future is the form of congestion problems one experiences in public transportation services day by day. Some of the key problem inspirations are that of how 1) peak hour overcrowding. Peak hour overcrowding has become an accepted norm instead of an exception. Population explosion in main cities like London and others has resulted in overcrowding. It is so much so that it is accepted as a normal problem. People end up avoiding the tube and other public transportation in peak hours. A newer design is needed to remind people not to accept overcrowding, people have almost become sensitized to overcrowding and it is necessary to wake them up to non-overcrowded trains even in peak hours.
The second problem inspiration is the delays that are caused by faulty trains, track maintenance issues, concerns in scheduling activities, and more. The delay itself becomes a problem when the customer is delayed, if the occurrence of delay is noted before time, such as a track maintenance issue noted in time and corrected, could lead to stoppage of the delay.
A final issue in staffing. There are both understaffing issues and staff training issues observed in the traffic controller rooms. More operators are needed and these operations have to be well trained as well. There are cost related aspects that also serve inspirations towards devising a new solution here.