Now, 70% of the global world population of 7.5 billion people live in the cities. Both this percentage and the global population is to increase significantly in the coming years.
Growing population and density brings together the problems with it. Average person in a city can spend 2 hours of commuting time per day, which is a direct effect to the economy. Individual instead of mass transportation also brings heavy pollution. Beijing and Paris are crucial examples for this.
We need to change our way of transportation and put strict rules as Norway is pioneering to ban traffic in the city center. We need to change how our global transportation system work, which should become a part of the global urbanization.
Let's think of it for a moment:
- Thermal efficiency of a car is on average 30%
- Each car weighs about 1000kgs or 2200lbs
- Each person weighs about 80kgs
- Cars are mostly used for one person only
Therefore, considering the above, applying the simple math:
We use about 35 times more energy than is actually needed. This means less than 3% efficiency and it is a shame when we are thinking that we are the highest IQ species in the world.
If we consider this as a time efficiency calculation when mass transportation is compared to individual transportation, we would find out that it would be less than 1%.
Elon Musk seems to be the ultimate entrepreneur of our time inspiring a whole new generation of entrepreneurs who are looking for a role model. He says: It is basic, inevitable, it has to be done.
Yes, suborbital flights that takes us from NY to Sydney in a few hours, electric mass transportation, regulation of transportation in the cities should all be done. It can't all be done by Elon Musk. It actually needs to be done by Governments and not just one government.