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This Company Wants To Use Elevated Pods Instead Of Cars And Subways

By Aimee Lutkin

Emissions from personal cars contribute an enormous amount of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, accounting for about one-fifth of all U.S. emissions, according to the Union of Concerned Citizens. These emissions are a major part of global warming, and some scientists think the only way to make a dent in the rising temperatures on our planet is to eliminate or severely reduce driving. But for a lot of cities lacking efficient mass-transit systems, that's a big challenge.

Transit X is proposing a solution that looks like it's out of a sci-fi movie: a network of automated, solar-powered pods. The start-up is testing its system in the Philippines, Fast Company reports. Each pod fits about five people, and is suspended from an elevated rail positioned 14 feet above the ground — high enough to allow a truck to pass under it. At each stop along the line, there would be a kiosk for people to enter their destination, and then get a direct route there.