In 2010, an estimated 290 million people visit amusement parks, Of those 290 million, an estimated 1299 people were injured (source: FIXED-SITE AMUSEMENT RIDE INJURY SURVEY, 2011 UPDATE). Thats an injury rate of 4.5 injuries per 1 million visitors. Meanwhile that same year, there were 13.6 million injuries and 32,999 fatalites related to motor vehicles (source: The Economic and Societal Impact Of Motor Vehicle Crashes, 2010). Thats a fatality rate of 107 deaths per 1 million population. Simply put, you are 23 times more likely to die from an automobile, than get injured at an amusement park. Few parents would allow their children to ride a roller coaster with the safety record of Department of Transportation. Governments have sovereign immunity to protect central planners for accountability. Sovereign immunity explains why theme parks and airlines are radically safer than government planned highways. Removing sovereign immunity will radically change safety regulations that result in accidents.
Cars are unsafe. Morgantown's PRT network has been operating without injury since 1975. In that same period of time, cars have killed 1.3 million Americans. That is 437 times the number of deaths suffered in the 911 terrorist attacks. Elevators, theme parks, JPods, any private business, would be driven out of business by lawsuits if they had a safety record as bad as cars.
According to a 2011 study conducted for AAA by Cambridge Systematics, the overall cost of crashes ($299.5 billion) equates to an annual per person cost of $1,522, compared to $590 per person annually for congestion ($97.7 billion overall).
Wuppertal's suspended train carries about 25 million passengers per year. It went into operation in 1903. Since 1903 there has been one fatal crash.
Roller Coasters for all their apparent risk are 12,000 safer than cars. Car deaths are about 14 in every 100,000 people. Roller coasters are about one in 90 million; and many from intentional bad behavior.
JPods combine proven roller coaster mechanics with computer networks to drive out the sources of variations that contribute to accidents.
There are many hazards to travel caused by weather and road conditions. JPods preempts many weather hazards by traveling indoors on more durable surfaces. JPods designs are adapted to their locations. In most localities, JPods are designed to operate in sustained winds of up to 45 mph. Structures are designed to withstand 110 mph winds and 50 psi equivalent snow loads.
In contrast to the safety of theme parks, government infrastructure in America's is rated D+. Highway infrastructure kills 33,000 people per year. Why, because it is the self-interest of the Governing to not put themselves in prison for their bad behavior.
Children are poisoned by a governmnet mandated water supply in Flint, it is no one's fault. No one goes to jail.
Soldiers are sacrificed in oil-wars to secure foreign oil to power Federally mandated highways, it is no one's fault. No one goes to jail.
Bridges collapse and kill people in Minneapolis, it is no one's fault. No one goes to jail.
In the period Morgantown's PRT network has been injury-free, 1.7 million Americans have been killed on the highway network. Yet, as stated by NJDOT Deputy Direct Joseph Bertoni "The NJDOT has reviewed PRT systems in the past and concluded that there is currently no practical application for these types of systems on either State or Interstate highways."
If, on the other hand, someone gets stuck on an amusement ride, the theme park gets sued and is financially or criminally punished.
There is plenty of money to build sustainable infrastructure by converting the $billion in traffic costs into value.