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  • At Velocity Valley in Rotorua, New Zealand, there's the Shweeb: a pedal-powered monorail. It's a fun ride: but in 2010, Google gave it a million dollars as a potential "future of transit". ▪ Thanks to Velocity Valley: velocityvalley.co.nz/
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    Producer: Virginia Wickham at Kevin & Co www.kevinandco.co.nz/
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  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott  Month ago +6627

    Thanks to everyone at Velocity Valley! And also thanks to the perfectly-timed screaming people on the Giant Swing.

    • Roland _
      Roland _ Month ago

      What are your testosterone levels at they gotta be really low

    • Jimbob Robob
      Jimbob Robob Month ago

      This is like a bad dream about the Sinclair C5 meeting the Simpson's "Monorail" Guy...a fun park is about right for this...

    • Bimmer Fan
      Bimmer Fan Month ago

      the idea could still work ala a scsi scheduling app and all electric motors and robotic switching

    • D7x8
      D7x8 Month ago +1

      @nevan o'connell looks like I’m not the only one

    • nevan o'connell
      nevan o'connell Month ago +1

      This may sound creepy but my brother spotted what we both thought was you in town and we waited for an NZ video to confirm

  • Mateo Gg
    Mateo Gg Month ago +44551

    There's two kinds of "revolutionary transport systems": "Bikes but worse", and "Trains but worse". The Shweeb has the dubious honor of being both.

    • Cameron McAllister
      Cameron McAllister 3 days ago

      You can't forget "Cars, but literally no improvement"

    • Pax
      Pax 8 days ago +1

      There is an inane obsession of tech bros with pods. They watched too mutch jetsons or something.

    • MxBirdnose
      MxBirdnose 8 days ago

      @Bane That's a fair point, but none of the cities I've lived in have had good enough transit that going car-free was practical. Not to mention the problem of how to evacuate if there's a natural disaster.

    • Bane
      Bane 8 days ago

      @MxBirdnose If you live near work, you'll probably pay more, but if you don't own a car it'll balance out.
      An average payment for a used car seems to be around $500/month. Say I got a cheaper one but then added insurance and upkeep, it'd be ~$600.
      In my area (suburb kinda far out from Washington D.C.), a 1 bed/1 bath apartment costs ~$1800/month. If I moved to an area where many tech employers are, it'd be around ~$2050/month.
      So, even after adding $150/month of bus or Metro fees, it'd be cheaper to live close to work as long as I don't own a car.

    • Kazuhira
      Kazuhira 11 days ago

      it looks fun tho its like a mini rollercoaster

  • Cory Calhoun
    Cory Calhoun Month ago +1473

    I feel like this is low-key the most skeptical/negative opinion of something I've heard Tom provide, and I'm here for it

    • Derva Kommt von hinten
      Derva Kommt von hinten Month ago +9

      how is it low-key? he very explicity said that this invention was garbage xD

    • The Tactician
      The Tactician Month ago +85

      Thing got a million dollars when it literally has the worst cons of both bikes and trains and clearly wasn't the future of transport. I'd be angry too

    • xellent
      xellent Month ago +135

      @mvwilHe wouldn’t have to hate them if they weren’t pointless and obstructive

    • mvwil
      mvwil Month ago +69

      He just hates monorails

  • Anthony Flack
    Anthony Flack Month ago +631

    I live in New Zealand and I have never, ever heard of the Shweeb. "A strange novelty ride for tourists" is actually a great outcome for a gadgetbahn.

    • Unkown Hacker
      Unkown Hacker 17 days ago

      You don't hear about it, you just wander around and it finds you. Or you can just follow the distant screams

    • Jegger
      Jegger 24 days ago +1

      Maybe it's cause it's so close to Rotorua?

    • Rhys Williams
      Rhys Williams 25 days ago

      Same but like now I wanna go on it.

    • Rockin' Rocketman
      Rockin' Rocketman Month ago

      You gotta give it a shot mate

  • Sekiberius Welkesh
    Sekiberius Welkesh Month ago +1338

    It's actually not a bad idea, perhaps not as a serious mode of transportation but it think it'd be a great thing for sightseeing, going over area's at your own speed and leisure whilst getting a nice view. It'd be great in a Zoo, Museum or something like an immersive theme park ride.

    • dogmaticka
      dogmaticka 10 days ago

      Walking or having a zoo with bikes/high platforms would be way easier

    • Unca Alby
      Unca Alby 10 days ago

      Going over an area at your own speed and leisure whilst getting a nice view ...
      GOLF CART!

    • definitely not obama
      definitely not obama 16 days ago

      *Jurassic Park theme plays in the distance*

    • AbyssEyes
      AbyssEyes 22 days ago

      @Tyiriel i was thinking of people trying to go across a cliff or over streams and stuff

    • Tyiriel
      Tyiriel 22 days ago

      @AbyssEyes Bigger brain idea: Build a high walkway and let people walk to sightsee what they want on a path.

  • Miles Mojave
    Miles Mojave Month ago +1092

    Tom Scott's videos are always interesting but have a certain down to earth quality about them. Then to top it off, he comes across as genuinely thoughtful, considering others and being aware that his own actions have the ability to cause others to act without his say-so.
    As usual, he's a likeable person making likeable videos. Well done on another great one, Tom.

    • hoseja
      hoseja 27 days ago

      Just... don't meet him off camera.

    • Miles Mojave
      Miles Mojave 28 days ago

      @AaaaNinja These days, it often is.

    • AaaaNinja
      AaaaNinja Month ago

      You make it sound like it's a great accomplishment for people to be people.

    • Hisyam
      Hisyam Month ago

      that's just any british narrator

    • Matt W
      Matt W Month ago +1

      Oh wow you should be a critic.

  • EZMoney
    EZMoney Month ago +380

    The Swheeb inventor really said he’ll fix the problems in post when he submitted the design and got a $1 million grant. Incredible.

  • Balaam _
    Balaam _ Month ago +7418

    I admire the ‘ram the slow person in front of you to get them to go faster’ mentality of the Schweeb. That’s thinking I can get behind 100%

    • Safe-Keeper
      Safe-Keeper 22 days ago

      Wish we could do this with bikes. And people.

    • PhysicsGamer
      PhysicsGamer Month ago +1

      @tommy karrick It really is such a wild idea that I wish Scott had remarked on more. Imagine the cries of "Ramming speed!"

    • PanzerKampfWagen VI Ausführung B "KönigsTiger"
      PanzerKampfWagen VI Ausführung B "KönigsTiger" Month ago

      Now if only i could do that to slow walkers in front of me

    • Adam Cozens
      Adam Cozens Month ago +1

      In New Zealand there a road signs telling you to get out the way and pull over if a faster car is behind you. Fantastic imho

    • tommy karrick
      tommy karrick Month ago +2

      I love how it has no regard for this concept we usually call “inertia”
      Don’t worry about slamming into the person going half your speed at 60 kilometers per hour, I’m sure both the pods will be fine, and I promise you won’t break your neck from the sudden impact. This is 1 dimensional GTA just have fun

  • Brooke Garbarini
    Brooke Garbarini Month ago +291

    Reading the marketing material linked in the description, Tom really should have included the line from it: "If you can walk, you can Shweeb!"

    • PhysicsGamer
      PhysicsGamer Month ago +1

      @Alex From Google? Probably found the one suit there who still had an idea of "fun" and said "Ramming speed!"

    • Alex
      Alex Month ago +1

      @Winjin still fetched a million...i wonder how

    • Eoin Doyle
      Eoin Doyle Month ago +10

      No! walking is one of your main competitors, Shweeb! and it's got you hard beat with overtaking alone! Why draw attention to the possibility of just walking to wherever the Shweeb station is?

    • Winjin
      Winjin Month ago +27

      "Stop making Shweeb happen; its' not going to happen"

  • Nicholas Richards
    Nicholas Richards Month ago +312

    Not enough people are talking about how well you stabilized the shots from inside the Shweeb! No matter how you did it, such a great job.

    • soundscape26
      soundscape26 Month ago +33

      GoPro's (or a similar competitor) have ever so more awesome stabilisation.

  • rio425ee
    rio425ee Month ago +125

    This would actually be very good for a hybrid ride/transport system for amusement parks. It would serve as a decent enough means of getting from one section of the park to another while being fun and providing decent views of the park. And parks are already in the business of managing and maintaining similar equipment.
    It would be awful for cities, but amusement parks could actually benefit from this oddball implementation.

    • Lord Sandwich
      Lord Sandwich Month ago +5

      @xxxtensioncord There are plenty of other rider-controlled attractions that work just fine and don't have that problem. You just have to time the releases, so that people don't bump into each other much.

    • Lord Sandwich
      Lord Sandwich Month ago +1

      @Pierce Johnson Wow! I bet you're fun at parties...

    • rio425ee
      rio425ee Month ago +2

      Yes, but it takes longer and is limited to certain design requirements of foot paths, whereas this would be more for riding over sections of the park that would work well for footpaths, or driving around park features to show them off in a more integrated and interesting way. This would be more of a hybrid ride/single person transit, like gondolas between park sections, but able to move much faster with more curves more like a pedal powered roller coaster.

    • Pierce Johnson
      Pierce Johnson Month ago +1

      Feet work great too for those who are able

    • M M
      M M Month ago +22

      @xxxtensioncord On this note, I'm curious how hard the proposed physical impact on slower pods would be when faster pods ram into them. Would Granny be okay if someone ran into her pod?

  • crowonthepowerlines
    crowonthepowerlines Month ago +190

    I could see this working well at nature tourism destinations. It could allow visitors to transition through sections of a nature area quickly and easily without disturbing local wildlife while feeling fun and exciting. Add in some stops for guided tours of sections of the park and it all starts to come together quite nicely.

    • Unca Alby
      Unca Alby 10 days ago

      @Дмитрий П. Folks in Africa wouldn't want to spend the money constructing the monorail railway when they could just pave a road and use it for bicycles, motorbikes, golf carts, and the occasional automobile. The road would be less money and have more uses.

    • azuki andkoro
      azuki andkoro 14 days ago

      Look, its a monorail
      Doesnt matter how cheap it would be, its a linear line. Its like bike but now its hanging and you could get stuck in traffic.
      At best it would be like a sliding hanger

    • Дмитрий П.
      Дмитрий П. 29 days ago

      @Abi Gail monorails, gondolas, elevated tram ways === price. price and price.
      you can put this (steel rails + cabin at 1/10 of any high tech)
      it's like "i do not need a bicycle cause we have car", yes, sure... you do not need but some people in Africa/Arabs/India do want to have cheap bicycles

    • Blucksy
      Blucksy Month ago

      @Abi Gail monorails, gondolas and elevated tram ways all have higher construction costs and running costs, for a cheap local wildlife exploring solution these could fill that gap

    • Tom Patterson
      Tom Patterson Month ago

      @Abi Gail That's not as fun. And more boring for kids since they can't race one another.

  • Connor Ubetcha
    Connor Ubetcha Month ago +17

    I love how he tries his best not to smile or laugh when the people are screaming, he also politely apologized when he smirked.

  • Jackeea
    Jackeea Month ago +2051

    The bad parts of monorails with the bad parts of bikes - genius!

    • Sigsten Bockgård
      Sigsten Bockgård Month ago

      @Chaosvolt there are nation states other than the USA, bike lanes exist

    • Tom Patterson
      Tom Patterson Month ago +1

      @John Roach He turned millions into more than a hundred billion..

    • MysticHero
      MysticHero Month ago +1

      @Vera Tabbynx Ah but the self driving disables itself shorty before an accident so all issues are down to the driver /s

    • Pierce Johnson
      Pierce Johnson Month ago +6

      @Alucard maybe Elon could buy the Schweeb and waterproof it and provide it as an unsolicited craft for underwater rescue and insinuate that actual professional rescuers are pedophiles when he doesn't get his way for something he wasn't asked to participate in

    • Jorge Manuel De León Pinelo
      Jorge Manuel De León Pinelo Month ago +1

      @KasimirFreeman Those sound like great policies! He should also legalize murder while he's at it. (He might as well)

  • kineticdeath
    kineticdeath Month ago +205

    i mean it may fail as a public transport system, but it could be a big thing for an amusement park ride, and theres nothing wrong with having those. Getting families out of the house doing things together is a great idea especially in this day and age where staying home playing games or streaming seems to be the "in thing". Need more amusement parks, and more innovative ideas like this that also have a minimal amount of actual exercise and effort

    • Lord Sandwich
      Lord Sandwich Month ago

      @Mister Dayne Oh my gosh that gave me an idea! Remember the Tom Scott video of the aerial bucket way? When they decommission it, they should put a modified Schweeb where the people going down assist the people going up. It's brilliant!

    • Mister Dayne
      Mister Dayne Month ago

      It could be a simple way of getting from A to B between points in a massive wooded area or something. Rather than wandering through nature, why not get there 12 times faster and glide through the trees, slalom style

    • Lord Sandwich
      Lord Sandwich Month ago

      I've been on it before, and I can assure you that it is not a "minimal amount of exercise"!

    • Winjin
      Winjin Month ago +5

      Family ones need multiple race tracks, like the kids RC cars. Like four parallels to race each other. Except I'm not sure how corners would work, as the shoulders will be wildly different in length.

  • Tiavor Kuroma
    Tiavor Kuroma Month ago +56

    I can definitely see this happening in a small scale, around a campus or convention center. but nothing larger than that.

    • stab
      stab 15 days ago

      imagine these high in the air around like a mountain or a body of water

    • Place holder name is place holder
      Place holder name is place holder 19 days ago

      @Safe-Keeper That isn't impossible. If you can do that, you would qualify for the tour de' france but not necessarily win. n

    • Safe-Keeper
      Safe-Keeper 22 days ago

      @Cornelius the Crow Tamer try going 60 kmh on a regular bike. But you can deliberately not get it if you want to, of course.

    • Sotanaht01
      Sotanaht01 Month ago

      ​@Eoin Doyle Have them run partially electric so that there is never more than a small speed difference between pods, when they collide the rear pod should only be going maybe 5mph faster than the front one. being able to form trains on the fly but still run individually as needed is by far the best unique feature here, something that cannot be accomplished with cars, bikes, or actual trains. since everything is moving together, there should never be a rush hour/traffic jam situation unless the system is malfunctioning.

    • Lord Sandwich
      Lord Sandwich Month ago +2

      @AStupidlyLongNameThatsLongerThanMyPreviousNameLolz Unless you've been on it, you don't know... ;)

  • littledragonchild
    littledragonchild Month ago +25

    I had the opportunity to go on the shweeb once, but didn't know about this history! I'm glad they turned it into an amusement ride though, it was quite a lot of fun to control the speed of your own coaster

  • Lord Sandwich
    Lord Sandwich Month ago +8

    I've been on this as a kid. It's really fun! I remember thinking it probably wouldn't work as a transit system, even though it would be a really fun way to get around!

  • soulseptem 52
    soulseptem 52 Month ago +3

    It's so cool seeing him go somewhere and doing something I have done before. Its actually a lot of fun. Its like a roller-coaster and its not hard to pedal at all. Much easier than a bike.

  • paul
    paul Month ago +3406

    i have a great idea: perhaps you could invert the rail so there are less points of failure, and enlargen the pod so many people can fit in at once, and then of course to address the whole issue of moving it, a powered pod at the front could pull the others behind it! oh.. wait.

    • Rebypox
      Rebypox 14 days ago

      @SharienGaming lmao. Someones never heard of induced demand

    • MarlonBitoy
      MarlonBitoy 14 days ago

      @Hubris Inc Adam something really thinks that putting some fuckin Choo choos in the city will make us a type II civilization

    • Mr. Seemingly Expected
      Mr. Seemingly Expected Month ago

      @Patrick O
      "Oh no, car traffic and car deaths, who could've seen this coming? Wait, what's global warming?"

    • Homebrew Horsepower
      Homebrew Horsepower Month ago

      @Rob Schellinger that's a perfectly cromulent word.

    • TheLumberjack1987
      TheLumberjack1987 Month ago +2

      damn it, invented the train again

  • A Freymann
    A Freymann Month ago +11

    I feel like this would work at places like a ski-resort or some kind of large park, I feel like that would be a really cool ride atop the trees, like zip-lining but with more control I suppose and maybe a little more comfortable.

  • Brian & Sarah Gillespie

    Thanks, Tom, for asking viewers not to reach out. I love how you care for someone you haven't met but could use some space.

  • Squimbles
    Squimbles Month ago +8

    idk why but the parts where Tom is zooming around as the camera follows him and he's speaking is so funny to me, he's just nonchalantly telling us information as he zooms round in a floating bicycle

  • Tina Kerr
    Tina Kerr Month ago +3

    I think they would be great for holiday complexes (like centre parcs) great views, protected from weather and other traffic, plus not having to worry about taking your own bikes finding parking and locking them securely.

  • R3sistance
    R3sistance Month ago +3

    This definitely has potential... as an amusement park ride, it just needs something to enforce a minimum speed. My idea would be to have two stations, start station at the top and end station at the bottom, with an elevator system to shift pods back up to the top. Gravity can do most of the work, in cases where there is up hills or long horizontal sections, just install a few electromagnets to force them forwards and install an air pressure break at the end so riders are forced to slow down.

  • P'Lay C. Holder
    P'Lay C. Holder Month ago +6754

    Not the infrastructure project we want, but the one we Shweeb.

  • Danielle
    Danielle Month ago +2

    It might have a possibility as a small transit system on something of similar size to a college campus, but you'd need a way to put a bunch of people in one car, along the single cab rides. I think this is one of those things that's fun to think about but not terribly practical

  • 73caddydaddy93
    73caddydaddy93 Month ago +3

    I think a system along these lines that allowed someone to use their bicycle in it would be a good way to connect bike lanes and paths across difficult areas

  • A guy from internet
    A guy from internet Month ago +2

    Can we just appreciate the effort Tom puts in these videos? They even have captions!

  • Gary V
    Gary V Month ago +3

    That looks fun, and it seems like the kind of thing that should end up in a place where people go to have fun.

  • Chris Anderson
    Chris Anderson Month ago +4

    I went on what was probably the original version of the Shweeb back in 2008. It was heaps of fun as a ride, but with all the good will in the world, it was never going to work as a mass transit system.

  • Boneless Watermelon
    Boneless Watermelon Month ago +3193

    The monorail enthusiasts have gotten to Tom and they can no longer be stopped

    • Felix Kütt
      Felix Kütt Month ago

      @Pierce Johnson If it's not up to spec, sure I guess.

    • Pierce Johnson
      Pierce Johnson Month ago +1

      Is there a chance the track could bend?

    • Felix Kütt
      Felix Kütt Month ago +1

      'e be one o' us now!

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin Month ago +2

      That, and the rollercoaster kick.

    • Nestor Makhno
      Nestor Makhno Month ago +1

      @Vitor de LimaIt’s just such a shame that they’re pretending it’s a form of transport.

  • Hannah K
    Hannah K Month ago +3

    I like the idea of shared effort (assuming it works in practice), but I think the biggest downside of this as a mode of transport - other than the obvious infrastructure and cost issues you mentioned - is that there's no room for even a small amount of luggage. Where are you supposed to put your bag - on top of you?

  • Shaun and Squeak
    Shaun and Squeak Month ago +3

    Thats so cool to see you in NZ I hope you have had an awesome trip here! plenty for you to see and enjoy I'm sure! I hope we Kiwis treated you well! Ive been to that park but didnt try the sweeb but did do the Jetboat and the sky dive both good fun! All the best for 2023!!

  • Sphenix
    Sphenix Month ago

    This could be really cool in big facilities that have multiple separated facilities (ex colleges), in the rain especially.
    And as noted, Google’s campuses or Apples giant dome place, definitely a cool idea.

  • Strange Machines
    Strange Machines Month ago +6

    I love how they invited him in to test their invention out and he literally explains to us all how ineffective and ridiculous it is.

  • Amy Mason
    Amy Mason Month ago +1

    Now I'm wondering if you could do this the other way, and make a transport system that's like a log flume ride at an amusement park, but with paddleboats.

  • Zack
    Zack Month ago +2307

    I definitely don’t think it’s made for transportation but I’d definitely pay to ride one at like an amusement park or something it looks so much fun

    • Axion
      Axion Month ago

      @Marten different cultures sadly, and if it prevented even one fatal accident a year it'd be worth it with how much people try to get over on businesses and government

    • Marten
      Marten Month ago +1

      @Axion I agree that the whole traffic situation needs to be taken into consideration. But that's definitely possible. Here in The Netherlands we quite a few university campuses where thousands of students cycle on any given day and site traffic is extremely minimal and mostly seperated and at slow speeds. Risks for cyclists is very minimal, while throughput is huge and the costs for the university are also very low.

    • Axion
      Axion Month ago +2

      @Marten it's safer than a bike and removes the getting hit by site traffic equation

    • Marten
      Marten Month ago +1

      Hmm, Still doubt it. Like Tom said in the video: it doesn't really have any benefits over a regular bike path.
      In theory it might go a bit faster than a bike, but not by a whole lot (modern e-bikes can go 40 km/h) and I doubt it will be beneficial when you count the time you need to get to a station, wait for a pod, get on and off, etc

    • jam9297
      jam9297 Month ago +1

      @littlejack Ramming speed!

  • alphamoonman
    alphamoonman Month ago +14

    The biggest problem about this being in the hands of public, especially if the things are made to push each other, is that people ahead might get lazy and pedal less, expecting those behind to push them.

    • Дмитрий П.
      Дмитрий П. 29 days ago

      @PhysicsGamer it's just small problem and it's solvable.
      like trains work (they also can not "hit each other"), same here:
      some electrofield -> if cab in 5 metres from another -> it triggers brakes.
      the question is price: if you do it "perfect" how much cheaper it will than monorails or other solutions.

    • PhysicsGamer
      PhysicsGamer Month ago

      There's also the rather glaringly unsolved problem of what happens if you slam into someone at speed. Bike collisions can _hurt_ and this thing is meant to go faster than most people on bikes...

  • patu8010
    patu8010 Month ago +1

    This reminds me of a thing in an amusement park in Finland. It's like a pedal roller coaster that goes around the whole park, but there are no uphills or downhills, and you can get on and off at multiple spots. Not really a transit system, more for taking in the view.

  • Hibryd 7
    Hibryd 7 Month ago +8

    Just from listening to Simon for a minute gives me the strong impression that Velocity Valley is run like a ship in the royal navy.

  • Mr Bing
    Mr Bing Month ago +2

    I rode this as a child, was very fun, had no idea it was designed to replace transport

  • Battadia
    Battadia Month ago +2

    This is exactly the kind of idea I'd expect to come out of Rotorua.

  • Jona
    Jona Month ago +4314

    Google just wanted to have some fun on their campus and needed a fancy way of going around - That's why they spend $1,000,000 on this!

    • velox
      velox Month ago

      @M M 1. Bike lanes keep bikes safe from cars.
      2. As for not worrying about maintenance, a normal utility bike needs literally 0 (not exaggerated) maintanance (except for flat tires) so there's nothing to worry about.
      With the Shweeb however, since a single broken unit causes the entire line to jam, you need to worry about the maintenance of every single unit on the line. Not being able to overtake makes other unit's failure YOUR problem too. Not so for bikes.
      3. As for worrying about the weather when riding a bicycle, well, as my mom used to say, you're not made of sugar, you won't melt in the rain :)
      4. The 'not worrying about your bike being stolen' is a fair point, altough I would worry a Shweeb would become target of vandalism, since it'd be relatively easy to disable the entire line

    • M M
      M M Month ago +1

      @velox Keeps riders safe from cars, protects riders from inclement weather and poor road conditions, and allows riders to not have to worry about maintenance or their bike breaking down (tires, gears, etc) or their bike being stolen. I think university campuses would be a great place for something like this.
      My biggest concern is how safe is it from someone actively trying to open it from the inside in a dangerous place and conversely how easy is it for someone to exit in the case of an emergency?

    • Sam A
      Sam A Month ago +1

      And reckless spending like that is why they have to fire tens of thousands of people (also their core product is now garbage)

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin Month ago +1

      Turns out they were just looking for the future of amusement park rides. With that much money to spare, it's worth it.

    • pyrioncelendil
      pyrioncelendil Month ago +1

      That or it's a corporate income tax writeoff.

  • funguy
    funguy Month ago +3

    I feel like this would be cool for like sight seeing safari type situations. Like a protected wildlife preserve you can have rails of these for people to peddle around in and look at the sights. would be safer for sightseers and animals as it would elevate them from the ground unlike a car. Of course overtaking is still an issue

    • Troy
      Troy Month ago +1

      Have to be highly elevated so that the animals can't reach it. Trying to pedal away with little human noodle legs won't cut it when an elephant decides to reach up and investigate the cab.

  • KamoGaming [ かも]
    KamoGaming [ かも] Month ago +1

    2:47 recently I went to Sweden and I noticed that every single road we drove on had a dedicated bike lane off to the side. as a brit, it made me jealous. over here we share the road with them, which makes it quite unsafe for them, and to try increasing bike usage, bike lanes just get painted onto roads which eats up road space, and then add to that that cars park on top of those lanes and it makes no difference if there is a bike lane or not.

  • marcoscolga24
    marcoscolga24 Month ago +2

    I've been to this park actually, it's incredible. Very modest compared to other places you might find the sorts of attractions there, but truly a definite if you're in the area. The Shweeb was definitely not practical for everyday use, but a blast to try out.

  • SpaceGladiator
    SpaceGladiator Month ago

    This looks so much fun. :D Would love to run that track too.

  • Meris
    Meris Month ago +62

    Fun fact: both the train and the bicycle, the two things techbros hate, are the result of decades of incremental progress, not "one radical idea." Fixing our transit problems comes by building what works and incrementing upon it, not looking for the magic bullet that will save everyone.

    • tin2001
      tin2001 10 days ago +1

      @Udi Shomer
      For larger cities, yes. But for smaller cities, towns and villages, liquid fueled cars are the only practical option. You're not going to get on your ebike and ride it 100km at 25km/h. Especially if your ebike battery can only do about 50km range anyway.
      I have an electric car, and I have just upgraded my bike to an ebike... And while these are great for my smaller trips, and have saved thousands of dollars in fuel, they're not a one-size-fits-all solution.

    • Levin
      Levin  12 days ago

      @Udi Shomer not to mention how comfortable long distsnce trains are. Id much rathsr be in a diner csr than esting mcdonalds in an suv

    • Udi Shomer
      Udi Shomer 12 days ago +1

      @Zynel cars are the most inefficient form of ground transport, both in terms of cost per km/mile, and in term of externalities (pollution, noise, danger to other road users, co2 emissions, use of public space).
      Buses, Metro systems, trams, bicycles, e-bikes, trains and walking are all much more efficient.

    • Zynel
      Zynel 12 days ago

      @Levin how so? Not attacking you, just want to hear your take.

    • Levin
      Levin  24 days ago +1

      @Seph Reed cars are objectively poor forms of transport

  • Butch Wilson
    Butch Wilson Month ago +1

    You've got a lot of heart and integrity, Mr. Scott. Thank you.

  • In Jest
    In Jest Month ago +2

    The idea you should bump into the one in front if it's going too slow is hilarious 😂

  • Window Licker
    Window Licker Month ago +5

    Imagine waking up in the morning and saying “Honey, I’m going to take the Shweeb to work!” 💀💀💀

  • plazasta
    plazasta Month ago +1

    reminds me a lot of Arrow's old Suspended Coaster model. A while back, I remember seeing people wonder how it would look like if we used roller coasters as a mode of transportation. Well, this is as close as I've seen up to now!

  • Mark Johnson
    Mark Johnson Month ago

    I can actually see how this would work in some areas where it would be in a loop from nearby (2-5Km) apartments to a central business hub.

  • Sollow
    Sollow Month ago +4247

    So, how many videos is Tom gonna make about monorials?
    We're up to like 4 now aren't we?

  • Katharine Osborne
    Katharine Osborne 25 days ago

    That looks like an absolute blast. They should set up parallel and intertwining tracks with a different coloured cars so you can race your friends.

    • Rhys Williams
      Rhys Williams 25 days ago

      Looks like there's two lines next to each other.

  • Severinsen
    Severinsen Month ago

    That looks REALLY fun though!
    Imagine using that at really big parks or campuses!

  • GearedInsanity
    GearedInsanity Month ago

    Honestly i think this could work if its installed in places where you need to traverse between cliffs and mountains. A bike lane would be impractical in there because you would need to spiral upwards and downwards but with this you could make a straight line system between them.

  • guy with C in name
    guy with C in name Month ago +1

    Wow, I was just there a few weeks ago and saw the shweeb ride on the side, it was real cool. Didn't have the chance to try it though(maybe next time). Did you see the big ostrich on the right hand side of the entrance?

  • Rico Sanchez
    Rico Sanchez Month ago +1

    The Shweeb getting that grant almost feels like a Buttle / Tuttle situation.

  • csxfan
    csxfan Month ago +1248

    This looks incredibly fun. Being an amusement park ride feels like the proper niche for this. Especially if you had it over some place that has a nice view.

    • An Interesting Name
      An Interesting Name Month ago

      @DarkIzo Going to my lectures on that thing would be incredibly fun

    • Laurence Fraser
      Laurence Fraser Month ago +2

      @Vitor de Lima The thing about this sort of project is that as you fix the problems with it, in short order you end up with either a bike or a train. Maybe a gondela/cable car if you intend to use it in certain Very specific niches.

    • Shannon Gerry
      Shannon Gerry Month ago +1

      Near where I grew up there is a small theme park that has a small, two person per car, pedal monorail. It's geared down a long way so it's very slow, but suitable for children. It goes out over some of the theme park and then returns.

    • Justin Cronkright
      Justin Cronkright Month ago

      @Mileyard Gigahertz But that's where slow and quick lanes would come in. Setting up a combined 4 lane (2 quick & 2 slow - 1 of each going in both directions) rail would even allow you to swerve people into the other lane if something breaks down somewhere on a track. Just have contingencies mostly.
      It's nice and fun to talk to about biking - but if nobody is going to do it, this is the next best thing we can reliably PUSH on people. Being rural sucks when you get neither though of course too!

    • DarkIzo
      DarkIzo Month ago

      or for getting around medium to large sizes campus

  • Scarekrow
    Scarekrow Month ago

    thats actually a super nice thing for bigger companies! you could use this even indoor.
    u just need like switches to your specific workplace.
    just 2 rules - 1. everyone has to drive it back himself at the end. and 2. just people who brought one can also ride it back.

  • John Dewey
    John Dewey Month ago +1

    What a cool idea, for many applications like college and university Campuses or rainy climates when people want to go a short distance and not wait for the bus.. I would work for this company.

  • Last Name First Name

    it didn't turn out the way it probably was envisioned initially, but at least it's a fun idea and probably also a fun ride while also a decent exercise and transport ride system that looks a bit safer than traditional bike riding, i guess.

  • Leo
    Leo Month ago

    yes tom, we need more dedicated and separate bike lanes and just more trains in general.

  • rbland
    rbland Month ago

    I hope you're having a great time in New Zealand. Hopefully you missed all the crazy weather

  • Shipwright1918
    Shipwright1918 Month ago +4398

    As a gadgetbahn, it's got so many problems, but as a novelty for sheer fun, it's awesome.

    • PhysicsGamer
      PhysicsGamer Month ago

      @Jons LG "Subways but above roads" is just streetcars.

    • b
      b Month ago

      @jonslg240 You literally described public transport... just use the train goofy

    • Motorata
      Motorata Month ago +1

      I could see it on a zoo or a national park, a long ride with a tour in front and the end.
      Sure Chairlifts exist and are probably a more calm option but this could be fun.

    • Kyle Oates
      Kyle Oates Month ago +12

      @Jons LG Did you even watch the video. This, and ALL systems even remotely similar to it where you have "individual pods", literally WILL NOT WORK. Imagine being in rush hour traffic, but it is physically impossible to change lanes. That's what systems like this would boil down to if it were to "replace cars" as you think this would do. Working from home is doing more for replacing cars than these "revolutions to transportation" ever will.

    • cattleNhay (aka Eggman)
      cattleNhay (aka Eggman) Month ago +1

      These would be nice in the alps as a ride..without peddling.

  • redpandamaniacal
    redpandamaniacal Month ago

    Appreciate how Tom mentions that this is actually a terrible idea for public transit. As an amusement part ride, it does look fun though. I do have doubts about anyone being able to ride one considering you need to both use feet to petal and be able to fit in the pod itself.

  • btcharlie
    btcharlie Month ago +1

    The thing about failures is you don't see them 😅 I bet there's been so, so, so much more money spent on projects that failed than on those that proved practical. It's just that you only get to see the successes, and the things that went nowhere, well, they stayed nowhere. Out of sight, out of mind.

  • Toasted Choom
    Toasted Choom Month ago +4

    I can honestly see something like this working on a small scale, perhaps around huge compounds or parks where you're not dealing with thousands of commuters on any given route.

  • sheep Dalton
    sheep Dalton Month ago

    This is brilliant. I can't wait to see one in a city.

  • Kepler186F
    Kepler186F Month ago

    Tom... taking us places we would otherwise not ever see. It would have been nice to see the power train of the vehicle... perhaps the buffering system... but, I'll for the "bullet" pods... or the transporter pads.

  • Michael Cort
    Michael Cort Month ago +849

    So it's a bike that's really expensive to operate, has a set route it can operate on, is not easy to exit in an emergency, can't overtake and can't go up prolonged inclines. Perfect.

    • Falcodrin
      Falcodrin Month ago

      @P00p00face1234 Yes but the idea is that dedicated bike infrastructure while increasing safety would also be cheaper to build and maintain and would be just more accessible to everyone.

    • David Aspinall
      David Aspinall Month ago

      So, like a train you pedal.

    • Doktor McNasty
      Doktor McNasty Month ago

      @ano nym For a sea-faring creature, maybe. Terrestrial folk with any shred of dignity should dissolve back into the ground again.

    • Stephen
      Stephen Month ago +4

      @P00p00face1234 If a city has actual infrastructure for biking - i.e. Dedicated bike lanes which are physically separated from traffic - on the other hand...

  • TheMilitantHorse
    TheMilitantHorse 19 days ago

    This is absolutely something I'd be delighted to take every day to work but hate my life for every aspect of it.

  • Mari_023
    Mari_023 Month ago +3

    honestly, it looks awesome as a fun park ride

  • Pete
    Pete Month ago

    Give them wheels and steering so they can ‘land’ off the monorail and change route at terminus points - you could make a roadable Sinclair C5 style pod or Heathrow airport PRT style pod but have monorail routes for heavy traffic over-road expressways. It would have to be run like a cable car system. Further to this, you could run cable drive or magnetic coupled pneumatic drive through the rail. Seems fantastic to me, requires vision to be applied successfully.

  • Philosophia
    Philosophia Month ago +15

    For personal, individual transport, I've never figured out the reason that the cannon didn't become more mainstream.

    • Bort of the Boreal Valley
      Bort of the Boreal Valley 19 days ago +2

      It worked in Secret of Mana, it worked in Super Mario 64, how much more proof do we need?

    • FeeshUnofficial
      FeeshUnofficial Month ago +6

      Mostly because it tears your skin off but people that make a big deal out of that just hate fun

  • Wackeroni
    Wackeroni 10 days ago

    Im just overwhelmed by the entire thumbnail thats perfectly captioned with "i have no idea why". Truly a tom scott classic

  • Darkwolf 3745
    Darkwolf 3745 Month ago +1511

    Loving the calming screams of the damned when the Shweeb Generation 3 was being discussed following up from 1:22 to 1:31. Really provides and gives a comforting feeling of safety and the idea that ones well-being is of most importance!

    • NomadSoul76
      NomadSoul76 Month ago +3

      I'm glad they didn't do another take.

    • Rocketplumber
      Rocketplumber Month ago +1

      @Ryan Payne At XCOR I put serious design effort into how I would skydive from the Lynx rocket plane from 100 km up, including subscale drop tests of spacesuited models with a wingsuit and "unicorn horn" shock spike on the helmet. Damn shame we went out of business before we got it flying.

    • OrangeC7
      OrangeC7 Month ago +3

      @Ryan Payne I would ride that

    • Richard Moore
      Richard Moore Month ago +2

      @tinwatchman "Sauntered vaguely downward."

    • Some Guy
      Some Guy Month ago +6

      If anything, that makes it stand out for me as a brilliant and cheap carnival ride. No one would stop the clock for an actual transit system like this, but it literally screams amusement park to me.

  • Johannes Sjolte
    Johannes Sjolte Month ago +2

    This is genius. You just have to go into a Shweeb pod and wait for someone to connect from behind and you don't even have to pedal 🙂

  • plixplop
    plixplop Month ago +1

    Not at all practical for public transport but it looks like a fun ride. It would be great to race them on side by side rails. They would also be soo cool in a scenic area, imagine cruising along the ground in a forest and then "flying" over a gorge on an elevated section!

  • mafiacat88
    mafiacat88 Month ago

    Honestly I could see this being a fun transport system for those rare cases where they've got money to spend, and the ridership won't be *too* high.
    Thing like, well, the google campus or certain universities or something.
    Never the main route of transport but...a fun thing, and maybe something to get over high-traffic pedestrian zones for medium distances.
    Again, the use cases for this are the most niche imaginable but...I don't hate it.

  • Gravity is a conspiracy

    Good to see you back in NZ tom! Theres plenty of interesting stuff here. Heard of the Cracroft Caverns?

  • nullFoo
    nullFoo Month ago +2

    As a New Zealander, I never realised how strong the Kiwi accent until I saw it juxtaposed to a British one here

  • Chex
    Chex Month ago +2316

    Isn't it crazy to think how absolutley terrified he was of a little kids roller coasters now hes riding this with no fear while talking to the camera.

    • Patrik333
      Patrik333 Month ago +1

      As well as being in control, it also probably helps that he's in a supine position and the down slopes never exceed 10-20 degrees. Apart from Alpine coasters, the closest "proper" roller coaster I can think of like this is Air/Galactica at Alton Towers.

    • Nick Dahl
      Nick Dahl Month ago

      @pyropulse and thats why he probly gives great hugs

    • Brandon
      Brandon Month ago

      I'd say a big part of it is he knows he's in control of that, in a coaster you just sit down and strap in.

    • John Martinez
      John Martinez Month ago

      Monorail vs roller coaster? Hardly the same thing.

    • MrCh0o
      MrCh0o Month ago

      @Christa Nice On that wildly swinging thing in the video, I'd be quite worried about eating one of the posts supporting the rails if I'm honest

  • GoodoDarco
    GoodoDarco Month ago

    “Google gave the Schweeb $10,000,000” put me into hysterics

  • McStebb
    McStebb Month ago

    Just lean into the theme park ride angle. This looks genuinely fun, like something you'd see at a small local amusement park. Market it like that and they'll sell contracts no problem!

  • Sam's Stuff
    Sam's Stuff Month ago

    I’m so proud to have rode this exact track!

  • Lixy O’Rorke
    Lixy O’Rorke 22 days ago

    I remember riding this way back when! I don't remember it being all that fantastic, but as a kid you don't really see that lmao

  • The Løzer
    The Løzer Month ago

    you don't know how happy I get when New Zealand is mentioned in a video, let alone where I live.

  • ringosis
    ringosis Month ago +646

    Such a great idea for mass transit...because what everyone wants on their commute is to climb into a tiny box that other people have been doing strenuous exercise in. I bet they smell great.

    • My Mai
      My Mai Month ago +2

      If you & your partner were out on the town wanting to get home on a rainy night & find only 1 shweeb available in the rank - you are BOTH gona try to squeeze in. Halfway you get stuck.

    • quinbot quinbot
      quinbot quinbot Month ago +2

      @Vojtěch Janda But the Shweeb makes you schwinnng!

    • Vojtěch Janda
      Vojtěch Janda Month ago +12

      @quinbot quinbot Just please don't get Schwifty in the Shweeb.

    • quinbot quinbot
      quinbot quinbot Month ago +12

      @ShaCaro Shwipe your Shweeb, Shwab your Shweeb...the possibilities are endless!

    • Praise The Sun
      Praise The Sun Month ago +6

      @wnnetwork I would destroy at least 3 of these on my weekend commute home from a night drinking.

  • Andrew Gwilt
    Andrew Gwilt Month ago

    This could still be the future of going from one place to another. Very interesting.

  • Felix Morgan
    Felix Morgan Month ago +1

    oh hey i've been on this! it was fun and i raced a classmate on a schooltrip in 2011, very tough on the thighs when going fast/being competitive, even though I'm a cyclist. Probably something to do with the different angle
    it was fun though

  • XaleManix
    XaleManix Month ago

    I want a go on this.
    I'm probably too big to fit, like every other ride I actually want to try, but I want a go on this.

  • michael miller
    michael miller Month ago

    What a brilliant idea, and you get a bit of exercise into the bargain!

  • Lukas Knöfler
    Lukas Knöfler Month ago

    Looks like it's lots of fun to try in an amusement park. But I'll keep using my normal bike for actual transport.

  • 20quid
    20quid Month ago +690

    It's amazing how many times the answer to a transport-related problem is "just build more bike lanes".

    • Slartibartfast tynsol
      Slartibartfast tynsol Month ago

      @N T Yep, I see what you did there 😁
      Thing is, a trolley bus (or any bus really) runs on it's own schedule... or, in my area at least, doesn't run on the schedule that it claims to.
      The personal pod idea means no waiting in the rain for a bus that's full, or late, or never turns up at all.

    • soundscape26
      soundscape26 Month ago

      Well no because not everybody likes to ride bikes... far from it.

    • N T
      N T Month ago +1

      @Slartibartfast tynsol And then because an individual pod is not very efficient, let's put more people in it. It would need to run along a set series of stations, or just stops, that would be distributed around the city, and it would have to have accommodations for people who need to go elsewhere, so let's have a few lines of them.
      Oh wait, that's a trolley bus.

    • Slartibartfast tynsol
      Slartibartfast tynsol Month ago

      Where I live there are bike lanes. I have a bike. It even has electric pedal assist. My office is less than 10km from my front door. Even so, I drive most of the time.
      Am I just a lazy person? Possibly, but in my defense I did try it. Arriving for a day in the office dripping sweat is not great. There are showers, but not many, and no lockers so even if I get de-stinked I'll have a pongy bag under my desk.
      Even leaving that to one side, most people will jump in the car when the clouds leak.
      The idea of a personal pod for commuting - cheap and simple and weather proof - has appeal.
      Something like this but on wheels (probably 3 or 4), not rails, and powered externally (tram style pickups?) could be a winner.
      Could be arranged so there are powered sections that give you height, then you coast to the next one.
      Just a thought...

    • ZimZimph
      ZimZimph Month ago

      @PenguinSushi you can definitely have a ton of bike lanes that don't connect. And it wouldn't work

  • tin2001
    tin2001 10 days ago

    They could work well for public transport if they:
    * were fully motorised instead of pedal powered.
    * had a more traditional seating position.
    * held 3 or 4 people per pod.
    * were fully automated so you could just request one to your location and tell it where you wanted to go to.
    * they built small stopping loops into the track layout at popular areas (schools, shopping centres, etc) so pods passing by could continue while passengers are getting in or out.

  • Mia Dodson
    Mia Dodson Month ago +2

    This is BRILLIANT, hope to see it come to fruition, and here is hoping I won't need a drivers license for it..wishing you every success.

    • Pommes_Peter
      Pommes_Peter Month ago +3

      Have you ever heard of the Bicycle? Or the Tram?

  • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin

    I loved the moment when the interviewee just brushed off some intense screams in the background. I guess that's part of the job one would just get used to.