The Trinity Toll Road will be obsolete before it is ever completed, if that ever happens.
Within the decade the Dallas Morning News may be having articles about the new
LBJ Freeway’s multiple lanes being a waste of money due to massive overbuilding!
Why? The efficiency of self-driving cars!
For over 6 years my brothers have been using GPS driven tractors to provide a
significantly more accurate distribution of seeds and fertilizer on their
farms. They save enough money to more than pay for the GPS related
equipment on their self-driving tractors.
Have you seen such tractors in operation yet Steve? It is nothing
new. Driving a massive multi-ton vehicle covering a 140 feet wide strip
of land with one pass though the field, and enough accuracy to be within a
fraction of an inch of "perfect" with each pass, is normal now!
While self-driving vehicles are nothing new what is new is the rate of
change and usage of such well tested self-driving technology as it expands
to self-driving cars. They will quickly become more visible to
the general public over the next 5 years as new cars are purchased, many of
them with components of self-driving included.
By the end of February hundreds of the new Tesla’s sold in the DFW area will
receive software upgrades that will allow auto-pilot capabilities. This will be
a major step on the long road already traveled toward self-driven cars,
including vehicle to vehicle communications allowing them to travel close to
each other at whatever the speed limit is. Meanwhile the
“driver” reads, works online, or makes phone calls. We are not there yet,
but it is now being predicted within the next decade.
Within the decade Dallas will also be discussing dedicated self-driven car
lanes that can manage 500% more cars in one lane than current freeway
lanes! That is, we will have one lane each way on LBJ that could
handle ALL THE TRAFFIC NOW ON LBJ!
This technology will render the newly constructed LBJ Freeway as an obsolete,
The timing of such technology is uncertain. The fact that it is coming is
certain! Simply google “self driving
car” today and read only what was posted within the past week. You will get articles like “It’s 2015, self-driving cars are more than a promise” and “Self-driving
Cars Are No Longer a Thing of the Future | TIME”
To ignore this rapidly advancing technology makes the destruction of the last
major natural resource in Dallas, the Trinity River flood plain, that much more
of a crime against our own children and grandchildren!
Dallas has the potential to become one of the great urban centers of the world
if we manage these decisions well, and liberate ourselves from old technology!