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How can commuting be made so enjoyable that people consider it a highlight of their day?

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Dragan Otasevic
Dragan Otasevic Dec 28, 2021
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Commuting is an unpleasant part of people's days. How can we make it as enjoyable as possible? Come up with a way to make commuting a highlight of people's days.
Ideally, make the idea something that isn't done already.
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Self-driving diners, massage salons, mini cinemas

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Dec 28, 2021
Imagine these converted to mobile:
  • massage salons
  • diners, where you can have a meal while it takes you to your destination
  • mini cinema where you can watch a movie of your choice during the commute
  • psychotherapy office
  • what else? It could basically be any service that lasts for the duration of a typical commute

Rather than drivers, people working in one of these could be waiters, masseuses, therapists, etc.
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Goran Radanovic
Goran Radanovic6 months ago
I agree about autonomous vehicles being the future and providing entertainment, but I think a flying car would solve traffic problems and make the trip exciting. The next level would be autonomous flying cars.

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic6 months ago
Goran Radanovic Not bad:) I think this might be an option for some people but it will be at least 50 years before it's accessible to all people whenever they want.
Also, the sky would look pretty bad with all the traffic up there
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Darryl Koh Yuan Jie
Darryl Koh Yuan Jie6 months ago
I was thinking karaoke booths could also be implemented too, for commuters looking for a fun respite.
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Optimize Commutes for Conversations

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Oguntola Tobi
Oguntola Tobi Dec 28, 2021
The most fulfilling and pleasant experiences for me (I imagine there are many others like me) are those that involve interacting with other humans.
Vehicles should have circular seating arrangements so passengers can face others at all times. Furthermore, games/activities that can be done within a short period should be provided.
However, many people won't step out of their shell if they are not given a good enough reason. So, I suggest a points reward system to get things rolling. In time, they will engage in these activities because they find meaning in them rather than for the points.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic6 months ago
Maybe 2 contrasting areas. One like you describe and the other to provide maximum privacy/seclusion for people that want to be left alone, relax, do some thinking, etc.
Then people can take a seat where it suits them better on a given day.
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Traffic lotto

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Spook Louw
Spook Louw May 03, 2022
A special lotto during peak traffic times, where a random vehicle is selected to be the day's winner.
Why?
This approach could alleviate some of the frustration caused by having to commute during the worst time of day for traffic by at least giving commuters a sense of excitement that they might be winning something.
Funding and Prizes
Funding could come from either the government and national roads authority, or from sponsors and perhaps a local radio station to facilitate the lotto. Obviously, the better the prizes are, the more the excitement would be, but anything, even something as simple as a coupon for a free meal, would brighten the day of at least one commuter.
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D. Eagle2 months ago
Spook Louw, this raises serious unnecessary practical difficulties.
First, as mentioned earlier, one should always be mindful that any new idea within the current meaning of commuting does not pose a potential real risk of causing distraction to the traveller, interrupting the flow and defeating the object of commuting.
Second, "traffic lotto" would appear to exacerbate existing road traffic problems by encouraging more road traffic, which may be in stark contrast to government policies.
Third, besides, such a scheme may not be permitted by existing lottery/gambling and road traffic legislations.
Finally, as to the suggested government funding, well, you would need to show that the scheme provides value-for-money to the treasury, with wider social and economic benefits compatible with government policy.
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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni2 months ago
What if the prize is providing a chauffeur to the winner for a week along that commute? During the entire duration of the traffic, the owner could relax in the back seat.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic2 months ago
I was thinking.. what if winning the reward was not based on a random chance. What if people somehow earned rewards by being demonstrably patient/happy in traffic (for example singing, having a good time). They are recorded by a traffic camera and go viral + get a prize.
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Luxury offices on wheels

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Dec 28, 2021
Currently, these are possible with a driver, but soon enough they will be self-driving. Described here and here.

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"Do Not Disturb" mode turned into "Your Time" Mode

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J. Nikola
J. Nikola Jan 14, 2022
You all heard about the Do Not Disturb mode on smartphones. Sometimes people enable the mode to be turned automatically when they enter the car, but sometimes people turn their internal do not disturb mode without any smartphone feature and just focus on driving. It's definitely beneficial and I see an opportunity here.
Why
  • Make the "Do Not Disturb" mode more appealing by turning into into "Your time" mode
  • Enjoy the great content while commuting (new songs, videos, news, books, etc)
  • Deliver personalized mind-relaxing content without browsing for it (to make it safer)
How would it work
Since we tend to turn the Do Not Disturb mode while driving and focus on the important stuff, it could be turned on while commuting of any type (car, bus, taxi, train). At the same time, stuff that is important to us and/or that we "save for later" could pop up. If we are driving, the stuff would be read out loud, but if we commute on a train, we could be awarded by saved, filtered, and personalized content that a phone kept for these moments. That would make us anticipate every commute to find out what cool personalized stuff did the algorithm brought up this time :)
PS Yes, the emphasis should still be on safety, especially if you drive
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Coffee delivery in traffic

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Michaela D
Michaela D May 18, 2022
A delivery service for coffee or other beverages when you are stuck in a traffic jam. More on this idea here.
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Spook Louw
Spook Louw2 months ago
Perhaps the term "commuting" is a bit vague. I've been working under the assumption that you are referring to people who travel to work by car, but of course, there are many other ways of commuting. A solution that might be effective on a train might not work on a bus or in a car. Perhaps the challenge should be narrowed down to allow for more suitable solutions?
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic2 months ago
Make it something that people can experience only during commutes but not otherwise. How can something that people crave be made available only during commutes?
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