Sunday, March 30, 2008

Beyond Congestion Pricing, One Word: 'Mesh'

Robin Chase, founder of the car-sharing service Zipcar, has an idea for reducing CO2 emissions and getting traffic moving that goes way beyond congestion pricing in New York: road-pricing using a no-fee mesh network across the whole the United States Interstate highway system.

How could you build a free wireless system that vast? Chase has the answer:

"And this is a moment from The Graduate ...: I want to say one word to you, just one word. Yes sir? Are you listening? Yes I am. Ad Hoc Peer to Peer self-configuring wireless networks.”

Also known as "mesh."

More on or watch the video of Chase's speech, given at a March 2007 TED conference, below.

- Another Venue in Brooklyn: Zipcar Spreads Its Mighty Tentacles
- Twice As Many Zipcars Coming to Brooklyn

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