Phil Pauley‘s Wi-Fly is a semi-autonomous public transport pod that incorporates a range of street recognition software and GPS guidance systems to aid drivers. The system has a top speed of 30 mph, and it sets itself apart from other forms of public transportation since the driver stands up instead of sitting down.

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Wi-Fly pods are designed to be located at strategic points around public infrastructure hubs. Like public bicycle schemes, individuals would be able to rent a Wi-Fly by using their oyster, debit or credit cards. Money would be deducted according to the amount of time and distance the pod has traveled.

Once the pod arrives at a specific destination, it automatically returns itself to the nearest strategic location where it will attach itself to the back of the queue of Pods to recharge.

The Wi-Fly uses state-of-the-art road surveying and road identification GPS software in conjunction with autonomous awareness to navigate its way through city streets. At one-sixth the size of today’s cars, it still has enough room to comfortably fit two people. The Wi-Fly has the potential to become the public transport pod of the future. However we’d definitely would recommend fitting a seat belt.

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