by their nature engineers have ideas which may have fatal social/emotive flaws.
Long ago pre-AV's etc one suggestion to reduce airport overcrowding was to link two planes electronically so they could be vectored in and landed as "one" plane for Air Traffic Contol purposes under the control of the front plane's crew. They could fly in from different places and go to different gates but one landing.
The commercial people had to point out the obvious flaw - the seat prices in the second "slave" plane would have to be discounted.
My own "silly" idea is linear accelerator ramps under freeway entry roads. A sensor calculates the oncoming traffic speed and gap,s and drives the entering car rapidly to the full lane speed as the gap arrives. It greatly increases freeway capacity as entry speed differentials are major cause of traffic jams.
My family politely tell me that not every driver want to pull 2 g forward aceleration onto a busy 70 mph freeway so..........
Edited by mariner, 25 April 2017 - 12:23.