US – CrossWater is an alternative urban transport solution that allows people to cross large bodies of water autonomously.
The self-driving vehicles are visually similar to an elevator, although they move horizontally across water from one vertical platform to another. CrossWater vehicles are fully electric and powered by solar energy and batteries as a carbon-neutral solution.
While ferry travel is available in some urban areas, services are often slow and environmentally damaging. This solution hopes to empower citizens to take more journeys on foot rather than relying on cars, trains or buses. ‘We know how much value CrossWater can add to communities. It’s really a breakthrough whose time has come,’ says a spokesperson from CrossWater.
City planners will increasingly need to centre Urban Mobility solutions around sustainability, developing infrastructures that help wean consumers off car travel.