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Start small, iterate often is how we will build the Physical-Internet; computer managed robotic transport networks that move people and cargo saving 85 cents of every dollar currently spent on gasoline.

From the Blue Cross in Sunnyvale (El Camino and Mathilda), areas in Green can be reached in 10 minutes, Yellow in 20 minutes and Red in 30 minutes. This is generally faster than a car can navigate these areas.

Payback:

  • Affordable Access
    • Not dependent on gas or gas prices
    • Kids and elderly not restricted by driving competence
    • No waiting, available 24 x 7
    • Focused on quality of the trip
  • Automating Repetitive Travel
    • Kids to school, sports, friends
    • Shoppers to retail centers
    • Commuters to work
    • Reduces highway congestion
  • Cost Estimating Worksheet
  • Download JPods San Jose Proposal
There is a profit in saving people time and money.
Summary
Initial System Cost with Placement Fees $42,636,451
Number of Stations17
Rail Path Length (mi)6
Number of Vehicles Required201
Maximum Capacity per Hour (seats)9,600
Fare paying Vehicle Trips/day6,500
Operating Cost per Paying Mile
(not including initial system cost)
$0.14
Average Fare $6.40
Pre-Tax Profit $14,076,004
Pre-Tax Profit as % of Initial Cost with Loading Station Placement Fees33.0%

This network at the airport would pay for itself about every 3 years.
System Basics
Rail Path Length (mi)6
Average trip length (mi.)4
Fare paying Vehicle Trips/day6,500
Deadhead Factor, Non-paying / Paying33%
Vehicle Trips per day, paying + non-paying8,667
Peak Hour Percentage15%
Max trips per hour1,300
Number of Stations17
Number of Vehicles Required201
Vehicles out for Maintenance, %6%
Vehicles out for Maintenance13
Average Speed, mph30
Average Travel Time, minutes8.00
Average Unloading + Loading Time, minutes0.75
Average JPod Trip Cycle Time, minutes8.75
Max trips per JPod per hour6.9
Average Passenger Load1.3
Fare Vehicle Miles traveled/day26,000
Carbon Incentives, per day $83.57
Advertising Revenues per day $520.00
Capital Costs
Initial System Cost $53,295,564
Investment by Others (Placement fees) $10,659,113
Initial System Cost less Placement Fees $42,636,451
Revenue Calculations
Fare per Vehicle Mile $1.60
Average Fare $6.40
Average daily fare receipts ($) $41,600
Fare days per year365
Annual Operation & Maintenance Rate @ % capital2%
Annual Operation & Maintenance $1,065,911
JPod motor Power duty (fraction time on)25%
Average power use, each vehicle, kW0.55
Average power use, all vehicles, kW111
Annual power use, all vehicles, kW-hr969,081
Annual Power Use of Stations, kW-hr298,044
Annual Power Use of Switches, kW-hr482,130
Annual Power Cost @ $.15/kW-hr $262,388
Fare Receipts/year $15,184,000
Power and Operating Costs $1,328,300
Pre-Tax Profit $14,076,004
Pre-Tax Profit as % of Initial Cost
with Loading Station Placement Fees
33.0%