Tree and Cloud
The Devil´s Pet
While looking at the public transport problem in big cities I noticed that despite the somewhat ‘herded cattle’ atmosphere felt in the underground and bus systems, there is usually only one or two people traveling at any given time in five seater domestic cars.
In Johannesburg in South Africa it is quite common to see people making various hand gestures on the side of the road. The gestures are used daily by commuters to ensure they attract the right taxi minibus, going in the right direction.
Could some sort of hand signal system be used to utilise the available seats in our domestic cars as an alternative ‘public transport’? Hand signals could be based on a landmark or social characterisation specific to native locations. This way we can communicate directly and efficiently, our desired direction and end location directly to the passing potential ride.
The ‘ticket’ for this kind of system would be a glove to wear on your gesturing hand. The pattern of the glove would make the signals more visible to drivers in and amongst the traffic.