Commuter Coop

Newland Commuter Coop

A Game Changer

Details of a Newland™ commuter co-op are in the book Newland 2084

Forward looking humans understand what a self driving car is for. Fewer understand the many implications for modern civilization when commuter transportation is managed and dispensed by a neighborhood Newland Commuter Coop. We now explore a few Game Changer outcomes of self-driving motor vehicles, operating on roadways and off roadway.

  1. No more income to local government and the justice system from humans driving cars high on alcohol and other drugs, texting and talking with their friends, working on their computer, watching TV, sleeping, and so forth. The elderly, blind, deaf, and disabled humans will be able to call for a useful ErgoMobile™, equipped with all necessary equipment to get them safely to their destination. The vehicle then hustles off for its next rider.
  2. No more foolish expenditures on light rail, buses, taxis, or any other short haul transportation systems. Why would any human want to somehow make it safely and quickly, through rain, sleet, and snow to a bus stop, subway, or rail station, just to go a few miles across town. Then reverse the process to get home. It makes no sense.
  3. Long haul pneumatic assisted magnetic-levitation transportation systems are capable of moving humans and cargo from the coast to coast at hyper-sonic speeds.
  4. Short haul transportation is typically by EV electric vehicles, except in those situations extended mileage situations where clean burning di-methyl ether (DME) clean diesel are used instead. Self-filling DME fuel stations eliminate the need for petrol stations, with all their coincident environmental risks, staffing considerations, and so forth. Refueling is done by means of a self-driving vehicle being towed or driving itself to the neighborhood vehicle garage for cleaning, maintenance, and fueling all EV and DME components.
  5. From the chromium and molybdenum alloy, referred to as chromoly steel, used to construct the human containment compartment, plastic rubber composite body panels, down to the final computer assemblies, every one of the components is manufactured by a nearby Newland ErgoMobile Parts Coop that warehouses parts from the many Newland Parts Manufacture Coops. Everything from tip to tail is USA manufactured by USA labor voting in one human, one vote USA State government chartered coop organizations. Everything bolts or snaps together, is designed to be field repairable until final recycling.
  6. Within the constraints of core passenger safety, the ErgoMobile vehicle industry offers infinite variety, from utilitarian one human adult and child EVs, all the way up to the 144 passenger centipede, and even up to the two hundred ton self driving and self articulating long haul road transport train where every wheel is its own motor and generator and each self-driving cargo trailer gathers its own sunlight and has its own batteries. It has DME reserves sufficient for all heating, propulsion, and auxiliary generator use.
  7. The recycling cycle closes at the nearby biomass coal gasification plant where all carbon based sewage and waste is reduced to its elemental carbon form, from which is produced DME, thereby completing the plastic sequestration of carbon, which is a beneficial application on Newland patent pending designs.

Typical Newland Coop Member’s Commute

A Newland Commuter Coop operates so that a human commutes by means of the following patent pending steps. These steps pertain just as well to going to the store, church, school, court, hospital, and so forth.  The portal to portal transportation of human bodies by means of self driving motor vehicles.

  1. Make arrangements for a self driving ErgoMobile™, with some specific seating pattern, or better, to show up at location your location, at some prearranged time.
  2. Present your state-issued ID for a complete front and back scan. Complete bio-metric scan if requested. Each coop makes its own arrangements concerning such matters. A state-issued ID is the least common denominator.
  3. If you are have selected a one human ErgoMobile™, then you may skip this step. Be prepared for each occupant of your intended vehicle to go through a similar identification process if they are not recognized by their phone, voice, or visual recognition. No doubling up except for a parent properly secured with an infant.
  4. Enjoy the ride to your destination. You can work, sleep, watch the scenery, talk and text with friends.
  5. Depart from your vehicle.
  6. It proceeds to its next customer while you to your final destination.
  7. (Optional step) If you must leave a mess your vehicle, or worse, at least have the common decency to issue a “Garage Only” command.

The Central ErgoMobile™ Facility

The Newland Commuter Coop exists for the purpose of pooling a neighborhoods short haul transportation needs under a Newland Coop form. Coops are nested within one another, to the extent necessary to encompass a sustainable polygon’s service area. In other words, you and your neighbors pool their resources. They locate a nearby facility capable of having a secure fenced campus and buildings sufficient to house the self-driving ErgoMobiles™. It must provide such services recharging, maintenance, and repair facilities as are necessary to see the Newland Commuter Coop facility. To determine how many Newland Commuter Coop remote facilities facilities and vehicles are necessary, compute the number of coop member humans who will share the commuter service during peak hours.

What Happens to the Legacy Garage

By centrally sharing garage and repair facilities for the pool of vehicles owned and shared by the members of the coop, an interesting question emerges. What will human do with their newly freed up garage space? Where will they invest the anxiety reduced commute time into their life?

Garages in the neighborhoods become workshops, EVcycle repair shops, EV ErgoMobile chassis construction shops. An interconnected web of EV parts suppliers exchange the components of all manner of EV parts combinations necessary for each Newland 12,000 human sustainable polygon to construct and house the number of self-driving ErgoMobiles™ of the necessary configurations. The ErgoMobiles are constructed and maintained and repaired right in the sustainable local economy by the local community time investors. The share of the income from coop sales is based upon each participating human’s time investment.

Play With Numbers

For those who like to play with the numbers, please consider these.
12,000 humans in motion at once presumes that a “best fit” fleet of 1, 2, 3, 4, …  human capacity self driving vehicles are available. The optimum count is determined and adjusted as usage and demographics change. In the event of an evacuation vehicles can stream, from nearby ErgoMobile™ storage facilities, to the area of greatest need and away from the emergency location. Imagine the value of such a capability in the face of an imminent tidal surge.

The problem is made easier by making some simplifying assumptions. Assume the polygon tessellation shape is a hexagon. This gives every 12,000 human sustainable polygon six adjoining neighbor polygons. Assume all seven polygons have enough neighborhood ErgoMobile™ vehicles available for their local human needs in normal situations. The vehicles communicate with one another. The humans communicate with one another. The computer systems have all of the data available to make the best decisions. When human life is at stake, humans sometimes have to let the computers do their job.

Public Safety Improvements

Neighborhood disbursed charging stations provide additional public safety measures. Each facility will have electric lights, audio and video communication capability, battery backup, first aid kits. Each EV charging facility could have self driving first response vehicles on the way within seconds of being summoned by 911 call.

Newland Commuter Coop Time Accounting

Human who invest time today, learning how to rescue and save human life, accrue the future benefits of their time investment. The same goes for those who invest time serving their community, nation, or practically any human purpose larger than any one human. Perhaps someday their time investment today will be repaid by some other humans future time investment, for their sake.


I hope you enjoyed this small essay. It gathers together a few of the patent pending features covered in more detail in the book Newland 2084





135 MPH, A Bucket List Item

    Creative Witing assignment: Seeking letter grades and comments below.
I loved the days when, based on common sense and not doing anything stupid, combined with a wanton lust for speed, one could drive “sensible and prudent” like, at no speed limit across Montana. Twice in my life, on Montana highways, I went 135 mph.
    The first time, I was 16 years old. I rode in a hopped up 1953 Ford station wagon, driven by Marvin, a motor head of my age. I sat behind my oldest friend Montee, who was along for the ride. We buried the speedometer at 120, wound the engine to the range of its horsepower, and roared down the road doing about 135. The highway was up on top of the rimrocks alongside the airport. Out where the exhaust roar came from what might have been a 352 or a 390 cubic inch Ford block. and echoed down into the Yellowstone River valley  of Billings below.
    Now for those who might not know it, a car doing 135 mph drives partly by aerodynamics, meaning it literally flies down the highway. And so we flew down the highway as the undercarriage, steering, tires, and shocks set the station wagon to trembling, shaking, and steering wobble. It felt dangerous. We drove like that for a bit then Marvin backed it down and let the engine unwind and radiator cool us back down. We all let out a cheer.
    The second time I drove 135 mph I was in my Accura TL. The event transpired going across the flats near Hysham, Montana, as best I can remember. Anyway, an Accura TL is wound to the its top end at the press of the accelerator, down to the floorboard. It was no problem getting there. The car set in to shimmering. It felt aerodynamically stable but I thought a rabbit running into the road could throw the Accura into the ditch at 135 mph. With images of me hanging upside down in a rolled car, waiting for a good Samaritan physician to stop, and then waiting for the helicopter from Billings.
    I didn’t wait too long. I shut the car down to a sensible 90 mph to let the nerves settle back down. Then I raised back up to 110 and continued to the Montana border and thence into North Dakota. And then on into North Dakota at 59 mph, courtesy of Jimmy Carter, as best I can remember. I think reason prevailed in North Dakota soon thereafter, when the Legislature moved it back up to a slow moving but sensible 70 mph. I soon expect a self driving Tesla can take me to 135 mph smooth as silk. And after that a magnetic levitation car can take me anywhere it want to go at a manageable 185 mph. It shaved two hours off my drive time leaving me the remaining  ten hours of my 11 and a half hour drive. Today it takes me nearly fourteen hours for the same trip.
Sunday, April 10, 2016
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TITLE: 135 MPH, A Bucket List Item