Standardized instrumentation to see and hear the surroundings, monitor the health of mechanical and vehicle systems
Standardized communication to share information with the vehicle platoon and highway, to extend "over the horizon" awareness and planning
Standardized autonomous driving protocols, with 130+ mph closely-spaced platoons of vehicles, to maximize drafting efficiency and roadway utilization.
The vehicle can drive from the trip origin, enter the highway, travel quickly to the far destination, then exit and drive the last miles to the final destination, eliminating the need for and cost of stations, ticketing, schedules and delays associated with trains or airplanes.
Electric Roadway and Electric Vehicles
The highway supplies electricity directly to two lanes of traffic: right lane for trucks, left lane for high-speed cars.
Electric trucks connect to overhead catenary wires by raising a double-pantagraph to make electrical contact with the overhead cables.
Electric cars connect to a high-speed buss system using "flying," self-guided trolley whips.
Vehicles use on-board battery power to enter and exit the highway, and to fill in any gaps in the on-highway supply system.
A segregated 130+ mph left lane for high speed electric vehicles provides safety for the electricity supply and avoids interference from slower interstate 1.0 traffic.
Renewable Energy Generation from Right of Way
The 44,000 mile interstate system and its vehicles use about 4 million barrels a day of gasoline and diesel fuel -- 20+% of the US total petroleum demand.
Solar PV panels, installed over the roadway and right of way on those same 44,000 miles can produce electricity 5 times larger than the amount needed to propel all the vehicles - at half the cost per mile driven.
Excess generation in one area can be shipped to another on high-voltage transmission routed along interstate 2.0 routes.
Wind farms along the route, and back up generation, such as gas-fired turbines, can provide low-cost security for the electricity supply.