Think about this: You might be meandering via a crowded park within the sweltering Florida warmth, attempting to slot in all your eating and gift-shopping earlier than hitting up your subsequent attraction. As your scheduled time nears, your loved ones heads over to an assigned boarding spot shut by; somewhat than hoofing all of it the best way to your subsequent experience, your experience car comes to fulfill you — transporting you thru the park and straight onto your subsequent attraction.
That is among the potential variations of the know-how outlined in a brand new patent utility by Common Metropolis Studios LLC titled “Autonomous Transportation Methods.”
Autonomous automobiles usually come up in information tales within the type of driverless automobiles, vehicles, and buses. Whereas that know-how appears to be progressing, there are inherent difficulties in having an automatic system navigate the complicated system of roads that comprise the typical main metropolis. It might be quite a bit simpler to get autonomous automobiles to navigate correctly in the event that they have been in a small space, with clearly outlined routes and limits, and with out different human drivers so as to add sudden variables — say, a theme park.
Common’s doc hits all of the bases for what driverless automobiles may accomplish in a small space, together with not solely the transportation of friends all through a park or resort, but additionally the retrieval of their belonging. The applying’s background states,
Amusement parks or comparable leisure amenities might transfer individuals and items in quite a lot of methods inside a park setting that’s closed to outdoors car visitors. Nonetheless, car transportation inside a park is complicated. Pedestrian paths are sometimes closed to motor automobiles. Park shuttles might function on set paths inside the park, however these might require friends to attend for the following shuttle. Additional, friends usually have in a single day lodging which are outdoors of park boundaries, which discourages back-and-forth journeys to drop off unneeded gadgets.
The primary utility Common outlines is a primary in-park transportation system, the place friends would go to a boarding level and activate a tool “just like elevator name buttons” which might activate a car and dispatch it to that boarding space; it’s additionally potential that requests may very well be made via a cellular system. The car may have a management panel giving the friends an possibility of locations to select.
The applying goes on to explain an autonomous car that will monitor and meet the visitor at their location:
In a single instance, when a visitor has a reservation or return time, the visitor location is tracked as they have interaction in different leisure alternatives. The autonomous car arrives on the visitor location upfront (e.g., inside a predetermined time window earlier than the visitor’s flip to experience the experience comes up), whether or not or not the visitor has requested car transportation.
The experience that comes to select them up for his or her reserved attraction could also be themed to that attraction or the overall park space, so it’s extra simply distinguished from others and provides to the immersion. For example, for those who had a reservation for a Jurassic World experience a jeep paying homage to the long-lasting Jurassic Park transports may present up, or perhaps a spherical see-through enclosure as seen in Jurassic World.
These rides might present some attraction parts themselves, interacting with “units, surroundings, and mechanized tools” that it encounters whereas travelling on a predetermined path.
Subsequent the doc notes that the identical system may very well be used for non-human cargo. A friends may conceivably buy merchandise, request a car, drop it off (or different private belongings) for later retrieval, and go about their day with out an extra of bags weighing them down. It may additionally be used to ship stated merchandise or different gadgets to the visitor’s resort room.
Together with transporting objects for friends, the car may be programmed to take props or tools to scheduled exhibits and efficiency across the park, making setup and elimination a lot faster.
The total potential of autonomous automobiles is within the points of interest themselves. Right here is the place this tech begins to get actually fascinating, because the patent utility describes “a common experience car that’s able to transporting friends between rides and likewise serving because the experience car itself, such that friends needn’t load or unload from the car between rides.”
The power for friends to summon a car that will decide them up, take them to an attraction, hyperlink to the monitor of that very same attraction, and transport them some other place after it was over could be an absolute game-changer within the theme park trade. Whether or not the experience car could be appropriate with solely a single attraction or a number of would virtually be moot, because the very dynamic of driving to your attraction and in your attraction with out ever leaving your car could be an incomparable expertise.
One other risk is that these car would function a cellular loading station for an attraction. They may roam the park till sufficient friends have boarded to fill it, drive straight to the attraction, and hyperlink as much as the monitor as a experience car — which means no lengthy waits in a stationary queue for these passengers.
As should all the time be acknowledged, the existence of an utility doesn’t assure a patent’s approval, and the existence of an accepted patent doesn’t assure the related know-how’s implementation. We might by no means see automated experience automobiles touring to select us up and take us on an journey; it is a fairly formidable thought. One factor is for sure although: If Common manages to be the primary within the trade so as to add this element into the theme park expertise, it’s going to cement a fame for daring innovation and set an extremely excessive bar for its rivals to leap.
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