Since this is a new system, rather than an improvement to an existing one, it can be designed, like air travel, to be extremely safe. Travel on the guideway should be foolproof and any problems that arise will be engineering or software failures that can be corrected. Autonomous travel on surface roads will be much safer than with a driver but still subject to the rare happenstance. With the seats facing one another, the riders are all sitting in the equivalent of the “back seat”, the safest place in an automobile.
System cars will have their mechanical condition constantly checked by sensors. A car with a deteriorating mechanical condition will be excluded from guideway travel or if already on the guideway, sent to exit at the first opportunity. In these cases the customer will quickly be able to get a replacement car. If a car loses power while in the guideway, the cars in front and in back can link with it and take it off the next exit.
Fire is a real concern, especially in the guideway. System cars, by not carrying fuel, will be at much lower risks than automobiles. Batteries can be a fire hazard but the proliferation of electric automobiles is securing that technology. A fire suppression system is installed to serve any areas within the mechanics of the car that can overheat. Fireproof materials are used in the car and the guideway. Unlike present automobiles, plastic is not used in the body panels and the car’s interior is fire resistant.
Solar Tubular Transit is a redesigned successor to
Tubular Guideway Transit. http://www.tubularguidewaytransit.com/html/TGTnew.html