Dave Owsen, an industrial design engineer from Michigan, developed the concept of a futuristic solution to the transport problems in the future, which is a private urban transport, which uses a system of rails and transportation “cells”. In this construction, private “cells”, or transport vehicles, move on the rail routes, located across the city, giving passengers the opportunity to choose the exact place of arrival. Created in the likeness of the plant cells, which are independent of each other and fed by the sun, each “cell” in the transit system is equipped with photovoltaic panels to harvest the solar energy.
Each cell has two passenger seats, located opposite each other, and is quite roomy for two adults and baggage, or an adult and two children. On one side of the cell there are sliding doors letting passengers in and out. The opposite side is fixed and equipped with a touch screen to select the route and destination. Two monorail roads are parallel to each other, which allows the moving cells go round the cells, which at this point in time come to a stop or are leaving.
The system called “Community transit” can also include cargo transit cells of the size of a typical shipping container destined for commercial shipping. According to Owsen, the cargo transit cells would create an incentive for the development of small business peer-freight, which will help local business cooperation. The windows of each transit “cell” are covered with an organic paint developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This paint concentrates sunlight to the edge of the window, where it is then converted into electricity by solar cells framing the window surface.