BY PANOS PREVEDOUROS PHD – Tesla is not only reinventing the car… They are reinventing applied science, industrial product development and infrastructure planning.
Typically we plan and design infrastructure (e.g., energy and transportation systems) too much. But rarely we go back and validate whether systems really worked as intended…
- Did the H-3 Freeway meet its traffic target? It exceeded it.
- Did the Kal. Hwy widening relieve Hawaii Kai to Kahala trip times? Travel times were reduced by over ~25%.
- Do modern (built after 1995) light and heavy rail systems in any city in the US meet or exceed their planned ridership that justified their construction, after 5 or10 years in operation?
- Nine out of 10 failed to do this. Several of them spectacularly. The largest US failure (after Tren Urbano in Puerto Rico) will be Honolulu.