Google gave the Shweeb $1,000,000.

čas přidán 5. 02. 2023
At Velocity Valley in Rotorua, New Zealand, there's the Shweeb: a pedal-powered monorail. It's a fun ride: but in 2010, Google gave it a million dollars as a potential "future of transit". ▪ Thanks to Velocity Valley: velocityvalley.co.nz/
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Komentáře: 3 600

  • Thanks to everyone at Velocity Valley! And also thanks to the perfectly-timed screaming people on the Giant Swing.

    • I’m glad you pointed out what a gadgetbahn is, but you seem to have done a couple videos supporting some of them, like the one with the self driving cars, which are a major gadgetbahn

    • How long was the ride? Did you get out of breath at any point? How fast do you wreckin you got? Is only one person allowed on the "course" at a time?

    • I've been here before. I did the skydive experience and those screams from the swing were audible over the fans! I hope you got to experience some of the other things here too!

    • 1 hour ago? Is everything alright Tom?

    • Could they havesome mechanism to transfer the swinging motion into the peddling motion. ( regenerative swinging? :) just for laughs

  • There's two kinds of "revolutionary transport systems": "Bikes but worse", and "Trains but worse". The Shweeb has the dubious honor of being both.

    • It has the dubious honour of being shweeb

    • A fellow AdamSomething fan? Everything can and will be reduced to trains.

    • Well said lmao

    • There is also busses, but worse,

    • @@LordSesshaku that is trains but worse - so you're already covered :)

  • The Swheeb inventor really said he’ll fix the problems in post when he submitted the design and got a $1 million grant. Incredible.

    • your username says it all

    • From Google. Google is known to waste money into braindead things

    • wow its the AAA gaming industry

  • I feel like this is low-key the most skeptical/negative opinion of something I've heard Tom provide, and I'm here for it

    • He just hates monorails

    • @@mvwilHe wouldn’t have to hate them if they weren’t pointless and obstructive

    • Thing got a million dollars when it literally has the worst cons of both bikes and trains and clearly wasn't the future of transport. I'd be angry too

    • @@thetactician2787 Who cares how much money it got from a multi-billion dollar megacorporation? Is it your money? It's exactly 0% your business what they decide to invest in.

    • how is it low-key? he very explicity said that this invention was garbage xD

  • I live in New Zealand and I have never, ever heard of the Shweeb. "A strange novelty ride for tourists" is actually a great outcome for a gadgetbahn.

    • You gotta give it a shot mate

    • Same but like now I wanna go on it.

    • Maybe it's cause it's so close to Rotorua?

    • You don't hear about it, you just wander around and it finds you. Or you can just follow the distant screams

    • I was Born and raised here (20M) and I've never heard about it! I even went to Rotorua multiple times and I still haven't heard/seen it whilst I was there!

  • Seems like a terrible idea for public transport, but absolutely great as an attraction. That thing looks so fun as a ride.

    • I feel like this thing is a liability nightmare. To make it really profitable, you'd have to have it open to a dozen people or so at a time at LEAST. There is a reason theme park rides at Disney and Universal run so many people at once. Otherwise, you'd have to charge way more for individual tickets. And if you have a dozen people on this thing, you already know what is going to happen. There will be a bottleneck with one person going slower than everyone else, everybody else starts crashing into the back of the person in front of them. Whiplash, property damage, all kinds of problems. Aint no way. Also, what if someone has an issue while riding it? People have heart attacks, strokes, seizures, and all kinds of problems while riding theme park rides, but everything that is not a rollercoaster has a way to stop the ride and get them off immediately. If this thing is hanging suspended in air too far off the ground to reach, all you could do is have the people behind push the person to the end of the track. I think all of this would fall under gross negligence because the problems with it are OBVIOUS to anyone that actually thinks about it for more than 30 seconds. The park would be responsible for any harm coming to people riding the thing because all these issues are entirely foreseeable.

    • it isn't even public transport if its a one seater car that does not need a transportation job to drive. its just a normal transportation vehicle but instead of on wheels, its on a monorail system

    • yes. that is why taxis are expensive but busses or trains aren't.@@TheDrexxus

    • ⁠​⁠@@TheDrexxusthe shweeb is a one pod per track system so there’s no way of hitting or bumping into another pod, the shweeb tracks are designed at a distance that the two pods cannot touch eachother. the highest point of the track is when you go over the bottom shweeb, and even if something were to happen heath wise, the pod would either roll forwards down the hill, or back down where it came from, from there the staff can assess the situation and be able to reach the person inside the pod

  • Reading the marketing material linked in the description, Tom really should have included the line from it: "If you can walk, you can Shweeb!"

    • "Stop making Shweeb happen; its' not going to happen"

    • No! walking is one of your main competitors, Shweeb! and it's got you hard beat with overtaking alone! Why draw attention to the possibility of just walking to wherever the Shweeb station is?

    • @@TheWinjin still fetched a million...i wonder how

    • @@alex0589 From Google? Probably found the one suit there who still had an idea of "fun" and said "Ramming speed!"

    • ​@@alex0589 a million was like 1/100,000 of their value, they probably wouldn't even notice

  • I admire the ‘ram the slow person in front of you to get them to go faster’ mentality of the Schweeb. That’s thinking I can get behind 100%

    • I sometimes wish I could do that on these narrow public bike lanes.

    • "hurry uuuup"

    • That's probably the most interesting part of this to me. For fixed PoI destinations like an amusement park/zoo/airport/etc. this seems like a novel way to get around them at a somewhat quick speed. The problematic part to me is merging onto the main line, or when you have a traffic backup on a terminal for disembarkation. You end up with an entire cluster of pods longer than the siding can accommodate then another pod comes and slams into it at 25mph/40kmh. It's problematic, but interesting.

    • Probably an idea of an Audi driver!

    • i do this all the time on the road!

  • I love how he tries his best not to smile or laugh when the people are screaming, he also politely apologized when he smirked.

    • I think he "apologized" about the noise, not about his smirk. He represents the amusement park. (Not sure where the idea to apologize for a smirk comes from tbh... Smiling looks good on video. Smiling is a natural reaction to people screaming in joy.)

    • @@u1zha I think you two are on the same page? He apologized WHEN he smirked. He didn't apologize FOR the smirk.

    • @@u1zhaYes, that’s what I meant, I guess I wasn’t totally clear about him apologizing for the noise

  • it'd be hard for me to not give a million dollars to something called the schweeb

    • you fell off

    • @@420roachdoggjr and you were never anything, which is more tragic?

    • @@nudnud9 a washed up youtuber desperately trying to remind the world he still exists

  • For personal, individual transport, I've never figured out the reason that the cannon didn't become more mainstream.

    • Mostly because it tears your skin off but people that make a big deal out of that just hate fun

    • It worked in Secret of Mana, it worked in Super Mario 64, how much more proof do we need?

    • Whatever the cannonballs were made of, you’d need to armored in that to be protected from the explosion,

  • Fun fact: both the train and the bicycle, the two things techbros hate, are the result of decades of incremental progress, not "one radical idea." Fixing our transit problems comes by building what works and incrementing upon it, not looking for the magic bullet that will save everyone.

    • I both love trains and bicycles, and acknowledge that self driving electric vehicles have a lot of potential. Both bicycles and trains were -- at one point -- new tech.

    • Here is a bit of a crazy thing, the idea to put locomotives on rails was an idea they came up with because there were already rail systems in place for running things like coal, and some other bulk products/ ores from up near the mines, down to the shore, and they were there centuries before the steam engine. So, arguably, the train could be said to be the result of centuries of incremental changes.

    • @@sephreed1938 cars are objectively poor forms of transport

    • @@OhKnow379 how so? Not attacking you, just want to hear your take.

    • @@zynel413 cars are the most inefficient form of ground transport, both in terms of cost per km/mile, and in term of externalities (pollution, noise, danger to other road users, co2 emissions, use of public space). Buses, Metro systems, trams, bicycles, e-bikes, trains and walking are all much more efficient.

  • That looks like an absolute blast. They should set up parallel and intertwining tracks with a different coloured cars so you can race your friends.

    • Looks like there's two lines next to each other.

  • The bad parts of monorails with the bad parts of bikes - genius!

    • Kind of like how Elon's Las Vegas Loop combined the bad parts of cars and the bad parts of subways. Clearly the main mistake the Schweeb's inventor made was not being born insanely rich.

    • @@tjenadonn6158 I still can’t get over the fact that the Teslas in the Vegas loop still aren’t self-driving, you’d think a fully controlled and enclosed tunnel system would be the easiest place to run self-driving cars on as a demo

    • @@Padgriffin what's even scarier is that the self-driving apparently isn't good enough for tunnels with no turns or oncoming traffic, yet they feel it perfectly fine to run it on public roads!

    • @@tjenadonn6158 You assume Elon Musk cares about building car subways, instead of practicing his drilling equipment while building a space mining operation.

    • @@kasimirfreeman Then why spend this much money on the loop instead of using it to perfect the drilling?

  • It's actually not a bad idea, perhaps not as a serious mode of transportation but it think it'd be a great thing for sightseeing, going over area's at your own speed and leisure whilst getting a nice view. It'd be great in a Zoo, Museum or something like an immersive theme park ride.

    • Going over areas at your own speed = going over areas at other people’s speed. It’s a monorail!

    • And if you slow down and gawp too much, the racer behind you will catch up up and give you a "friendly" nudge...

    • You only be going "at your own speed" if noone slower is in front of you, and noone faster behind you. Aka, you only go at your own speed if hardly anyone else is using it. Which will make it way to expensive for any Zoo or Museum. You need your own private ranch if want such a system to ride around at your own speed.

    • @@AbiGail-ok7fc big brain idea: three lanes probably over top of each other so you can see from both sides. 1 speed demon lane 2 causal and kids 3 gawker/health issue/elderly

    • @@AbyssEyes02 you asked if you could rather than if you should

  • 2:47 recently I went to Sweden and I noticed that every single road we drove on had a dedicated bike lane off to the side. as a brit, it made me jealous. over here we share the road with them, which makes it quite unsafe for them, and to try increasing bike usage, bike lanes just get painted onto roads which eats up road space, and then add to that that cars park on top of those lanes and it makes no difference if there is a bike lane or not.

    • You should visit the netherlands, you wouldn't believe your eyes😏

    • Bike lanes in this part of England are often painted over footpaths rather than roads. This makes it dangerous for cyclists when an aggressive pedestrian holds out a fist as the cyclist goes past. It seems to be a popular pastime recently.

  • Thanks, Tom, for asking viewers not to reach out. I love how you care for someone you haven't met but could use some space.

  • I had the opportunity to go on the shweeb once, but didn't know about this history! I'm glad they turned it into an amusement ride though, it was quite a lot of fun to control the speed of your own coaster

  • idk why but the parts where Tom is zooming around as the camera follows him and he's speaking is so funny to me, he's just nonchalantly telling us information as he zooms round in a floating bicycle

  • I can definitely see this happening in a small scale, around a campus or convention center. but nothing larger than that.

    • I think you're right. Which is kinda sad, because at 60kmh you could go far.

    • what problem does it solve

    • @@corneliusthecrowtamer1937 It's fun?

    • @@LordSandwichII I dont see how a bike swinging in the middle of the air at whilst being enclosed translates to "fun"

    • I can't see any situation where there are multiple ShweebPods on the same ShweebLine being practical. Ramming into the person in front of you is not a feature. There's got to be *somewhere* it would work but that's a huge limitation.

  • I think they would be great for holiday complexes (like centre parcs) great views, protected from weather and other traffic, plus not having to worry about taking your own bikes finding parking and locking them securely.

  • It's so cool seeing him go somewhere and doing something I have done before. Its actually a lot of fun. Its like a roller-coaster and its not hard to pedal at all. Much easier than a bike.

  • This would actually be very good for a hybrid ride/transport system for amusement parks. It would serve as a decent enough means of getting from one section of the park to another while being fun and providing decent views of the park. And parks are already in the business of managing and maintaining similar equipment. It would be awful for cities, but amusement parks could actually benefit from this oddball implementation.

    • It wouldn’t even work for that, imagine some granny gets in this thing and cycles at 3mph, no one can overtake and the whole system stops. Trains and monorails need to be at set speeds otherwise it doesn’t work

    • @@CheeseyMilkshakes my guy, amusement parks don't need trains to get people the 3000ft to a different park section. This would be just fine even with grannies slowing it down, because essentially it's just about providing a means of getting between the park sections while providing elevated views, it's not about moving people fast or efficiently, it's about being a ride that provides an alternative method of moving between park sections. Just think about it for 2 seconds and you'll see why the things that make trains and monorails good means of large scale public transit wouldn't be ideal for short hops between park sections.

    • @@CheeseyMilkshakes On this note, I'm curious how hard the proposed physical impact on slower pods would be when faster pods ram into them. Would Granny be okay if someone ran into her pod?

    • Feet work great too for those who are able

    • Yes, but it takes longer and is limited to certain design requirements of foot paths, whereas this would be more for riding over sections of the park that would work well for footpaths, or driving around park features to show them off in a more integrated and interesting way. This would be more of a hybrid ride/single person transit, like gondolas between park sections, but able to move much faster with more curves more like a pedal powered roller coaster.

  • I went on what was probably the original version of the Shweeb back in 2008. It was heaps of fun as a ride, but with all the good will in the world, it was never going to work as a mass transit system.

  • Not the infrastructure project we want, but the one we Shweeb.

  • I've been on this as a kid. It's really fun! I remember thinking it probably wouldn't work as a transit system, even though it would be a really fun way to get around!

  • the only circumstance where i can see this helping is in a huge built up area at a high level, which would then come with its own safety issues

  • Tom: Monorails are completely impractical and silly Also Tom: Here's another monorail video

  • This reminds me of a thing in an amusement park in Finland. It's like a pedal roller coaster that goes around the whole park, but there are no uphills or downhills, and you can get on and off at multiple spots. Not really a transit system, more for taking in the view.

  • I went to Rotarua a long time ago and can still remember the smell of volcanic sulphur. I'm not surprised people in this town wants to travel around in sealed pods.

  • So it's a bike that's really expensive to operate, has a set route it can operate on, is not easy to exit in an emergency, can't overtake and can't go up prolonged inclines. Perfect.

    • Hear me out: Riverside shweebway. If you have a bout of spontaneous human combustion, just open the pod and fall in the river. If it's a heart attack, just accept your fate and let the river consume you. You simply cannot lose!

    • just like how the hyperloop is a train thats highly vulnerable to terrorist attack, requires huge amounts of power to vacuum down, and only moves a small amount at a time.

    • @@merseyless a burial at sea. Truly a worthy demise.

    • It is undeniably safer though. I've biked through downtown Seattle on rush hour, you really ask yourself if you're ready to die that day lmao

    • @@Falcodrin To be completely fair, any train going full-speed is highly vulnerable to terrorist attack.

  • They could work well for public transport if they: * were fully motorised instead of pedal powered. * had a more traditional seating position. * held 3 or 4 people per pod. * were fully automated so you could just request one to your location and tell it where you wanted to go to. * they built small stopping loops into the track layout at popular areas (schools, shopping centres, etc) so pods passing by could continue while passengers are getting in or out.

    • * had predetermined routes that many people use * could hold many people at the same time for efficiency * (trains)

    • @@noel.friedrich or bus

  • That looks fun, and it seems like the kind of thing that should end up in a place where people go to have fun.

  • I feel like this would work at places like a ski-resort or some kind of large park, I feel like that would be a really cool ride atop the trees, like zip-lining but with more control I suppose and maybe a little more comfortable.

  • It might have a possibility as a small transit system on something of similar size to a college campus, but you'd need a way to put a bunch of people in one car, along the single cab rides. I think this is one of those things that's fun to think about but not terribly practical

  • The monorail enthusiasts have gotten to Tom and they can no longer be stopped

    • Now if we could just get him to do videos about bricks...

    • just be infront of them and hit the breaks hard.

    • They already got to him when he visited West Virginia University

    • Yes, the Monorail Dark Money... Tom, you shweeb!

    • Despite all the bitching it's still an awesome attraction for tourists or amusement parks.

  • This is exactly the kind of idea I'd expect to come out of Rotorua.

  • I saw you the other day on Courtenay place! Awesome to see you in NZ

  • Appreciate how Tom mentions that this is actually a terrible idea for public transit. As an amusement part ride, it does look fun though. I do have doubts about anyone being able to ride one considering you need to both use feet to petal and be able to fit in the pod itself.

  • I think a system along these lines that allowed someone to use their bicycle in it would be a good way to connect bike lanes and paths across difficult areas

  • i have not watched u for so long and u grew alot

  • Google just wanted to have some fun on their campus and needed a fancy way of going around - That's why they spend $1,000,000 on this!

    • It's like the physics department at one university that have a 4 storey high slide out of the building. Only for practical demonstrations of physical principles, of course.

    • Honestly though, what would be wrong with that? Seems like one of the only actual uses for the Shweeb: very short distances and novelty.

    • It's a great idea for a limited sized campus like Google has, in reality if you had a sprawling city sized network of these things, it would be absolutely impossible to control or police. Plus all it takes is one unit to breakdown to snarl up all of that particular loop.

    • @@Chiphunk Exactly! I imagine that this would be a fun way for getting around medium-sized areas like the Google campus or an alternative to the big monorails at theme parks. So what if the original idea was for mass transit and they didn't quite achieve that? It still looks like a really cool way of getting around.

    • @@steemlenn8797 Are you talking about the MI campus of TUM?

  • The Schweeb is how I learned about an old kind of suspended monorail that still exists to this day, and how one in public is still in use. The _Wuppertal Schwebebahn_ in Wuppertal, Germany.

  • Hey VV! Good to see ya back in NZ mate! Went bungee jumping there about a year ago!

    • Wanted a go on the shweeb, but was out of order when I was there.

  • hello from a New Zealand viewer!

  • Hey Tom, I breifly said hello at the market in Rotorua it was a fantastic coincidence to have ran into you and I'm glad that I at least in some capacity got to meet you.

  • one type of public transport i find very underrated are the ski lifts, like, they are efficient, you dont need to stop, and you dont need to wait for it to arrive, they are relatively cheap, can travel difficult terrain, over existing infrastructure, etc. yes they are slow, prone to weather, but the throughput, and convenience. could be used in a couple more places than it is i think.

  • The idea you should bump into the one in front if it's going too slow is hilarious 😂

  • This could be really cool in big facilities that have multiple separated facilities (ex colleges), in the rain especially. And as noted, Google’s campuses or Apples giant dome place, definitely a cool idea.

    • Bicycles with canopies work fine in the rain

  • I like the idea of shared effort (assuming it works in practice), but I think the biggest downside of this as a mode of transport - other than the obvious infrastructure and cost issues you mentioned - is that there's no room for even a small amount of luggage. Where are you supposed to put your bag - on top of you?

  • nice touch stabilizing the footage.

  • As a New Zealander, I never realised how strong the Kiwi accent until I saw it juxtaposed to a British one here

  • I definitely don’t think it’s made for transportation but I’d definitely pay to ride one at like an amusement park or something it looks so much fun

    • I could see this used in a business campus setting like Google's... Which makes sense that they threw a million dollars at it.

    • I'd pay to go one. I think it could be quite a hit in amusement parks

    • I would ride it anywhere but America because I would end up pushing some 300 pound mom who doesn't want to peddle uphill

    • The thing in rides like this is there will always be someone who feels like messing it up, the reply above me is one example of many

    • Could definitely see it used on large business campuses and school campuses

  • This video was worth the watch if for nothing else but watching the director corpsing at the screamer on the swing. Comedy gold.

  • 1:23 that scene got me blasting my water :D Amazing!

  • I loved the moment when the interviewee just brushed off some intense screams in the background. I guess that's part of the job one would just get used to.

  • This is brilliant. I can't wait to see one in a city.

  • biggest issue with pod transport gadgetbahns is that it only moves one person at a time. No two abreast, or groups. Just one at a time in a row. That will never have the need throughput. Not to mention that this is not all ages and abilities.

  • "We're going to take the problems with bikes and the problem with trains and combine them so that it's good at nothing" AMAZIN

    • And then put it on ... A MONORAIL! That way it can be even *worse*!

    • Outstanding move

    • I mean, it does address the biggest problems with biking in cities: not enough space to add bike line (this can be above traffic), exposure to elements (this is enclosed), theft (you get out of the pod and don't worry about it) Honestly I would love to ride this to work

    • The biggest problem for bikes in cities is not a lack of space, but the existence of cars.

    • @@gracelandtoo6240 exactly, the "lack of space" is just "no bike lanes > i'll drive a car > too many damn cars".

  • you don't know how happy I get when New Zealand is mentioned in a video, let alone where I live.

  • Now I'm wondering if you could do this the other way, and make a transport system that's like a log flume ride at an amusement park, but with paddleboats.

  • I rode this as a child, was very fun, had no idea it was designed to replace transport

  • That looks REALLY fun though! Imagine using that at really big parks or campuses!

  • reminds me a lot of Arrow's old Suspended Coaster model. A while back, I remember seeing people wonder how it would look like if we used roller coasters as a mode of transportation. Well, this is as close as I've seen up to now!

  • As a gadgetbahn, it's got so many problems, but as a novelty for sheer fun, it's awesome.

    • certainly, but not enough for those $1,000,000, right?

    • @@pabloenrique20 I would say not, but then I haven't a wallet as deep as Google's.

    • @@pabloenrique20 a million is not a lot considering all the safety regulations, engineering, materials, legal paperwork, and construction costs

    • Google or our cities or both dropped the ball bigtime on these. That track is far cheaper than a lane costs whether a freeway lane or a city lane. They need to be electric and auto-piloted. The cars can link up and use less power overall. People can rent one for the night, buy their own, and rent them by the month depending on what they want. People can travel solo even if they're legally "intoxicated", wrecks would be VERY VERY rare. The cost of the electricity would be cheap vs gas or battery electric vehicles, and the emissions would be FAR FAR LESS than a Tesla. I literally have thought this should be the future for over 20 years since I was 18.. so why isn't it?

    • @@jonslg240 money, thats why

  • Respect to everyone keeping the take with the screaming riders. It added lovely comedy to the video.

  • I think it looks like fun. Love the screams in the background.

  • Welcome to New Zealand Tom! :D

  • I’m so proud to have rode this exact track!

  • Subways for travel between parts of the city, Trams(StreetCars) for short distance travel within cities, and Trains betwee cities, with roads still existing obviously for utility workers, travelling to remote places and etc

  • This looks incredibly fun. Being an amusement park ride feels like the proper niche for this. Especially if you had it over some place that has a nice view.

    • Or even for getting to/from off-site parking.

    • Give them an air conditioner and a scuba tank air supply to cruise past (erupting)volcano's.

    • That is probably the only niche this thing makes sense in.

    • Until someone in front of you wants to enjoy the nice view while they're having a 3-hour lunch.

    • @@JH-wd6dp If I had a large amusement park, I'd have this set up as a fun way to get around the park to other rides/the food and beverage areas/etc.

  • Shoutout to that camera stabilization

  • I was in NZ as an exchange student in 1994. An adventure park in Rotorua was one of my favorite places to visit. This wasn't there.

  • Welcome back to New Zealand!

  • Passing a slow pod is easy to implement: Have passing loops with switches at points along the line. The following user can register a desire to pass. At the next loop the switch operates and the pod passes safely using battery power to ensure the pass is completed safely.

  • Unfailingly totally interesting in everything you investigate.

  • Such a great idea for mass transit...because what everyone wants on their commute is to climb into a tiny box that other people have been doing strenuous exercise in. I bet they smell great.

    • You bet nobody's taking the time to wipe down their Schweeb once they get to their destination. If everything else about this thing hadn't killed it COVID would've.

    • Yes, I recall once getting a tad too close to the seat of a gymnasium's exercise bicycle - within whiffing distance - off-putting is the word.

    • also mention the motion sickness

    • @@tjenadonn6158 I can already see the ads to get you to clean up after; 'Sweep your Shweeb'.

    • @@wnnetwork I would destroy at least 3 of these on my weekend commute home from a night drinking.

  • thats actually a super nice thing for bigger companies! you could use this even indoor. u just need like switches to your specific workplace. just 2 rules - 1. everyone has to drive it back himself at the end. and 2. just people who brought one can also ride it back.

  • Not even for transport, I would really just like to see these at zoos or parks

  • 2:12 shame, there go my dreams of wearing a kilt while shweebing around new-zealand

  • Give them wheels and steering so they can ‘land’ off the monorail and change route at terminus points - you could make a roadable Sinclair C5 style pod or Heathrow airport PRT style pod but have monorail routes for heavy traffic over-road expressways. It would have to be run like a cable car system. Further to this, you could run cable drive or magnetic coupled pneumatic drive through the rail. Seems fantastic to me, requires vision to be applied successfully.

  • He's racing around the track at breakneck speeds and not sweating.

  • Loving the calming screams of the damned when the Shweeb Generation 3 was being discussed following up from 1:22 to 1:31. Really provides and gives a comforting feeling of safety and the idea that ones well-being is of most importance!

    • This part was so random it had me laughing out loud

    • "The Shweeb is more practical as a form of transportation than the giant swing behind me with the screaming person on it."

    • @@iabervon Why don't we just launch people on a ballistic trajectory and give them a parachute to land with?

    • "Sorry about that." **turns towards the adjacent ride.**

    • If anything, that makes it stand out for me as a brilliant and cheap carnival ride. No one would stop the clock for an actual transit system like this, but it literally screams amusement park to me.

  • I also think that something being entertainment, doesn't devalue it. “One of the most difficult tasks men can perform, however much others may despise it, is the invention of good games.” - Carl Jung ....and, I see a smiling face in the thumbnail, so it would seem this is enjoyable.

  • "But I do know I'd be really annoyed if people kept asking me about it." Spot on.

  • i love the footage of tom talking with his knees periodically rising on either side of the camera without being able to see the rest of his legs

  • In London, bike lanes are usually built alongside busy roads, cyclists often ignore road traffic laws leading to incidents. A couple of weeks ago for example, my blind cousin was hit by a cyclist who ran a red light. The road network simply isn't designed to accomodate cyclists and especially not impatient ones. This would also reduce the need for people to buy their own bikes (I know people who have to replace bikes multiple times a year because bike thefts are so high). It would never happen because nobody wants to see a historic city covered in metal pipes but going above or (more realistically) below ground is a good way to add new transit routes to a system that already exists. The wuppertal floating tram comes to mind when I think about the whole transport on floating rails thing. Might be worth looking into for a future video.

    • default city is London? ok, get it

    • @@user-yj3mf1dk7b not really but it's a good example of a European city with traffic problems Although with timezones and longitude then it is kind of the default city because of the prime meridian

  • 1:25 he just smile calmly while some strangers screaming on the background😭

    • i had it on 1.5x and could have sworn that was a seagull

    • Stuff that happens

    • @@scslre lmao

  • I have been to Rotorua in January of 2001, it a very nice place to visit if you ever get the opportunity to go there do it you won't be disappointed.

  • Tom, good job presenting the good and the bad in a fair and balanced way.

  • imagine them setup with dual tracks along the central reservation of motorways or at the side. Maybe carts that allow several people to contribute to the power... Clean, free and really good for your health!

  • For amusing park or zoo, it could be a really fun experience. Especially family pods

  • this looks dangerously fun

  • Some google guy just thought it looked fun and wanted to get an operational version to play with. As a cyclist, this looks like a blast, so I totally get where that dude was coming from.

    • And fair enough; it's not like $1M is a lot for them

    • Probably wanted a track at the office to ride around in. Could you imagine the Apple building encircled by these tracks?

    • I'm not sure if they have kept this since the addition of electric pedal assist, but they kept a weekly and all time leaderboard of lap times here. Being based in Rotorua, a mecca for mountain bikers, you'd often see big names in the sport fighting for top spot after visiting the town for races/events

    • At its completion at a cost of $83 million in January 1943, the Pentagon was the world's largest office building, covering 29 acres (12 hectares)-including a 5-acre (2-hectare) central court-and Chief of staff "God dam it where's the president gone again" Aid- "he doing another lab of the 7 floor"

    • @@orterves Thats like 4-5 google engineer's yearly salary.

  • This is absolutely something I'd be delighted to take every day to work but hate my life for every aspect of it.

  • Seems like a very nice system application. But very plausible for short runs where there is heavy foot and car traffic going between two spots, like from a traditional train or underground stop to a busy business plaza, or in large parks. Also of note, between skyscrapers could be a practical application saving foot traffic on the ground particularly valuable in large cities with combined foot, bicycle and car traffic sharing the same routes already.

  • i have a great idea: perhaps you could invert the rail so there are less points of failure, and enlargen the pod so many people can fit in at once, and then of course to address the whole issue of moving it, a powered pod at the front could pull the others behind it! oh.. wait.

    • Found Adam Something's alt

    • or maybe we could take it off the rails and put some wheels on it, to make it more independant and then remove the pod frame to make it lighter, so its easier to ride and more compact and... oh wait... XD

    • @@SharienGaming ooo! hell no!

    • @@SharienGaming no, let's actually stick with trains

    • @@SharienGaming I know you were referenching it being a bike but it really hits like you were suggesting cars

  • I believe it is also known as the "Motion sickness mobile"

  • It is an ingenious combination of the drawbacks of bikes and trains.

  • i get claustrophobia just from watching you in that pod