National Autonomous Pod Sharing Service
- by 2030
MEET NAPSS 2030
NAPSS2030 addresses unsustainable growth in road transport, the inefficiency of ‘single occupied vehicle’ ownership & resultant environmental damage from increased traffic congestion, air & noise pollution & parking space provision.
NAPSS2030 lies at the heart of Ireland’s new ‘Transport Transition Pathway’:
“On its current pathway, transport will not contribute to meeting (emission) targets, or to delivering long-term transition. Changing to a transition pathway will require fundamental and significant policy change”.
Prof. John Fitzgerald, Climate Change Advisory Council - Annual Review 2019, p78.
NAPSS2030 is funded by SFI Future Innovator Prize 2019 under the Zero-Emissions Challenge theme which supports interdisciplinary teams to develop disruptive solutions that accelerate progress towards net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in Ireland by 2050.
HOW IT WORKS
NAPSS2030 challenges unsustainable forecasted growth in Irish vehicle ownership, which is due to rise by 35% to 2.56m vehicles in 2030 (compared to 2014 baseline level). This growth has adverse environmental and societal impacts both nationally and globally in terms of emissions, utilization of natural resources, pressure on infrastructure and unequal access to transportation.
NAPSS2030 addresses the challenge of ‘runaway’ car ownership growth through the marriage of ‘Autonomous-Driving’ technologies & ‘Mobility-on-Demand’ applications. Integrating these features within a National Autonomous Pod Sharing Service will create a gigantic breakthrough whose innovation centres around the following interlocking components:
The Pod; An electric, 3 seat, 3 wheel, enclosed moped that is the most efficient mode of travel for 74% of ALL car trips with three persons or less.
Automated Roving; Automated-valet-parking and independent slow, occupantless roving.
Shared-Mobility; Smart-phone bookings, vehicle-2-grid communication and GPS tracking will allow up to 100% utilization 24 hours a day of vehicles.