WHEN will research and development happen that solves some of the universal problems there are with moving people and things about?
There are a few problems that we all face when setting out on our journeys yet there appear to be few answers, despite huge financial and intellectual resources being thrown at the whole area of transport.
I get a “virtual” postbag every week complaining about the cost of petrol, congestion, a lack of parking, thoughtless and dangerous driving, and a myriad of other problems, yet answers sometimes feel a little thin on the ground.
Despite us being the most connected generation ever, we still don’t seem to be able to do the simple transport things well.
How hard can it be to find a way to tell me whether I can park in a certain placed before I get there?
It needs a few low-cost sensors and a relatively inexpensive app platform and Bob is still your uncle!
Whack that info into my sat-nav and I can drive straight to a space. Fabulous.
A boffin worked out for me that the cost of driving around looking for a parking space in Scotland each year exceeds £100million in wasted fuel alone.
If that is right then I have just created a darned good business case for creating a simple parking information system.
This country is full of small companies striving long hours to invent brilliant products and services, many of them in areas that could ease our societal transport problems.
Why don’t we find a way to get a few big brains in a room to identify one of these universal problems and then throw some resources at solving them?
We can moan all we like. Sometimes, we have to take the bull by the horns and take matters into our own hands.
I want to solve the parking issue. Who’s with me? Don’t be shy!