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Google gave the Shweeb $1,000,000.

  • Жарияланды 2023 ж. 5 Ақп.

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  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott  Ай бұрын +6631

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

    • Roland _
      Roland _ Ай бұрын

      What are your testosterone levels at they gotta be really low

    • Jimbob Robob
      Jimbob Robob Ай бұрын

      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 Ай бұрын

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

    • D7x8
      D7x8 Ай бұрын +1

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

    • nevan o'connell
      nevan o'connell Ай бұрын +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 Ай бұрын +44587

    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 4 күн бұрын

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

    • Pax
      Pax 9 күн бұрын +1

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

    • MxBirdnose
      MxBirdnose 9 күн бұрын

      @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 10 күн бұрын

      @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 12 күн бұрын

      it looks fun tho its like a mini rollercoaster

  • Cory Calhoun
    Cory Calhoun Ай бұрын +1483

    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 Ай бұрын +9

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

    • The Tactician
      The Tactician Ай бұрын +86

      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 Ай бұрын +135

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

    • mvwil
      mvwil Ай бұрын +69

      He just hates monorails

  • Anthony Flack
    Anthony Flack Ай бұрын +636

    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 18 күн бұрын

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

    • Jegger
      Jegger 25 күн бұрын +1

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

    • Rhys Williams
      Rhys Williams 26 күн бұрын

      Same but like now I wanna go on it.

    • Rockin' Rocketman
      Rockin' Rocketman Ай бұрын

      You gotta give it a shot mate

  • Sekiberius Welkesh
    Sekiberius Welkesh Ай бұрын +1343

    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 11 күн бұрын

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

    • Unca Alby
      Unca Alby 12 күн бұрын

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

    • definitely not obama
      definitely not obama 17 күн бұрын

      *Jurassic Park theme plays in the distance*

    • AbyssEyes
      AbyssEyes 23 күн бұрын

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

    • Tyiriel
      Tyiriel 23 күн бұрын

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

  • Miles Mojave
    Miles Mojave Ай бұрын +1094

    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 28 күн бұрын

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

    • Miles Mojave
      Miles Mojave 29 күн бұрын

      @AaaaNinja These days, it often is.

    • AaaaNinja
      AaaaNinja Ай бұрын

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

    • Hisyam
      Hisyam Ай бұрын

      that's just any british narrator

    • Matt W
      Matt W Ай бұрын +1

      Oh wow you should be a critic.

  • EZMoney
    EZMoney Ай бұрын +383

    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 _ Ай бұрын +7425

    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 24 күн бұрын

      Wish we could do this with bikes. And people.

    • PhysicsGamer
      PhysicsGamer Ай бұрын +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" Ай бұрын

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

    • Adam Cozens
      Adam Cozens Ай бұрын +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 Ай бұрын +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 Ай бұрын +292

    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 Ай бұрын +1

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

    • Alex
      Alex Ай бұрын +1

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

    • Eoin Doyle
      Eoin Doyle Ай бұрын +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 Ай бұрын +27

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

  • Nicholas Richards
    Nicholas Richards Ай бұрын +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 Ай бұрын +33

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

  • rio425ee
    rio425ee Ай бұрын +126

    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 Ай бұрын +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 Ай бұрын +1

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

    • rio425ee
      rio425ee Ай бұрын +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 Ай бұрын +1

      Feet work great too for those who are able

    • M M
      M M Ай бұрын +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 Ай бұрын +191

    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 12 күн бұрын

      @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 16 күн бұрын

      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. Ай бұрын

      @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 Ай бұрын

      @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 Ай бұрын

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

  • Connor Ubetcha
    Connor Ubetcha Ай бұрын +18

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

  • paul
    paul Ай бұрын +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 16 күн бұрын

      @SharienGaming lmao. Someones never heard of induced demand

    • MarlonBitoy
      MarlonBitoy 16 күн бұрын

      @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 Ай бұрын

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

    • Homebrew Horsepower
      Homebrew Horsepower Ай бұрын

      @Rob Schellinger that's a perfectly cromulent word.

    • TheLumberjack1987
      TheLumberjack1987 Ай бұрын +2

      damn it, invented the train again

  • kineticdeath
    kineticdeath Ай бұрын +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 Ай бұрын

      @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 Ай бұрын

      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 Ай бұрын

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

    • Winjin
      Winjin Ай бұрын +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 Ай бұрын +56

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

    • stab
      stab 16 күн бұрын

      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 20 күн бұрын

      @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 24 күн бұрын

      @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 Ай бұрын

      ​@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 Ай бұрын +2

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

  • Meris
    Meris Ай бұрын +63

    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 11 күн бұрын +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  13 күн бұрын

      @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 13 күн бұрын +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 13 күн бұрын

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

    • Levin
      Levin  25 күн бұрын +1

      @Seph Reed cars are objectively poor forms of transport

  • littledragonchild
    littledragonchild Ай бұрын +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 Ай бұрын +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!

  • Jackeea
    Jackeea Ай бұрын +2051

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

    • Sigsten Bockgård
      Sigsten Bockgård Ай бұрын

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

    • Tom Patterson
      Tom Patterson Ай бұрын +1

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

    • MysticHero
      MysticHero Ай бұрын +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 Ай бұрын +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 Ай бұрын +1

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

  • Brian & Sarah Gillespie
    Brian & Sarah Gillespie Ай бұрын +7

    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.

  • soulseptem 52
    soulseptem 52 Ай бұрын +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.

  • Squimbles
    Squimbles Ай бұрын +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

  • A Freymann
    A Freymann Ай бұрын +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.

  • Philosophia
    Philosophia Ай бұрын +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 20 күн бұрын +2

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

    • FeeshUnofficial
      FeeshUnofficial Ай бұрын +6

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

  • P'Lay C. Holder
    P'Lay C. Holder Ай бұрын +6754

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

    • Tams80
      Tams80 Ай бұрын +2

      I'm absolutely Shweebing about this!

    • Jappa
      Jappa Ай бұрын +3

      Peak comedy.

    • ano nym
      ano nym Ай бұрын +4

      Shweeb, formerly Chuck.

    • Captain Ducky
      Captain Ducky Ай бұрын +2

      Take my like, damnit. XDD

    • Alex .G
      Alex .G Ай бұрын +2

      Time to get Shweebty! - rick

  • Tina Kerr
    Tina Kerr Ай бұрын +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.

  • alphamoonman
    alphamoonman Ай бұрын +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. Ай бұрын

      @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 Ай бұрын

      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...

  • R3sistance
    R3sistance Ай бұрын +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.

  • Strange Machines
    Strange Machines Ай бұрын +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.

  • 73caddydaddy93
    73caddydaddy93 Ай бұрын +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

  • Danielle
    Danielle Ай бұрын +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

  • Chris Anderson
    Chris Anderson Ай бұрын +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.

  • Hannah K
    Hannah K Ай бұрын +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?

  • Gary V
    Gary V Ай бұрын +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.

  • Sphenix
    Sphenix Ай бұрын

    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.

  • Zack
    Zack Ай бұрын +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 Ай бұрын

      @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 Ай бұрын +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 Ай бұрын +2

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

    • Marten
      Marten Ай бұрын +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 Ай бұрын +1

      @littlejack Ramming speed!

  • Amy Mason
    Amy Mason Ай бұрын +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.

  • A guy from internet
    A guy from internet Ай бұрын +2

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

  • Hibryd 7
    Hibryd 7 Ай бұрын +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.

  • Battadia
    Battadia Ай бұрын +2

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

  • Mr Bing
    Mr Bing Ай бұрын +2

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

  • Michael Cort
    Michael Cort Ай бұрын +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 Ай бұрын

      @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 Ай бұрын

      So, like a train you pedal.

    • Doktor McNasty
      Doktor McNasty Ай бұрын

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

    • Stephen
      Stephen Ай бұрын +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...

  • patu8010
    patu8010 Ай бұрын +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.

  • Shaun and Squeak
    Shaun and Squeak Ай бұрын +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!!

  • Window Licker
    Window Licker Ай бұрын +5

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

  • Butch Wilson
    Butch Wilson Ай бұрын +1

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

  • KamoGaming [ かも]
    KamoGaming [ かも] Ай бұрын +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.

  • Boneless Watermelon
    Boneless Watermelon Ай бұрын +3193

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

    • Felix Kütt
      Felix Kütt Ай бұрын

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

    • Pierce Johnson
      Pierce Johnson Ай бұрын +1

      Is there a chance the track could bend?

    • Felix Kütt
      Felix Kütt Ай бұрын +1

      'e be one o' us now!

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin Ай бұрын +2

      That, and the rollercoaster kick.

    • Nestor Makhno
      Nestor Makhno Ай бұрын +1

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

  • funguy
    funguy Ай бұрын +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 Ай бұрын +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.

  • Severinsen
    Severinsen Ай бұрын

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

  • Mark Johnson
    Mark Johnson Ай бұрын

    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.

  • In Jest
    In Jest Ай бұрын +2

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

  • Scarekrow
    Scarekrow Ай бұрын

    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.

  • csxfan
    csxfan Ай бұрын +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 Ай бұрын

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

    • Laurence Fraser
      Laurence Fraser Ай бұрын +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 Ай бұрын +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 Ай бұрын

      @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 Ай бұрын

      or for getting around medium to large sizes campus

  • Katharine Osborne
    Katharine Osborne 26 күн бұрын

    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 26 күн бұрын

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

  • John Dewey
    John Dewey Ай бұрын +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.

  • redpandamaniacal
    redpandamaniacal Ай бұрын

    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.

  • SpaceGladiator
    SpaceGladiator Ай бұрын

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

  • GearedInsanity
    GearedInsanity Ай бұрын

    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.

  • Jona
    Jona Ай бұрын +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 Ай бұрын

      @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 Ай бұрын +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 Ай бұрын +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 Ай бұрын +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 Ай бұрын +1

      That or it's a corporate income tax writeoff.

  • Leo
    Leo Ай бұрын

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

  • Rico Sanchez
    Rico Sanchez Ай бұрын +1

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

  • plazasta
    plazasta Ай бұрын +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!

  • Mari_023
    Mari_023 Ай бұрын +3

    honestly, it looks awesome as a fun park ride

  • Last Name First Name
    Last Name First Name Ай бұрын

    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.

  • Sollow
    Sollow Ай бұрын +4247

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

  • guy with C in name
    guy with C in name Ай бұрын +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?

  • rbland
    rbland Ай бұрын

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

  • Lixy O’Rorke
    Lixy O’Rorke 24 күн бұрын

    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

  • TheMilitantHorse
    TheMilitantHorse 21 күн бұрын

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

  • Andrew Gwilt
    Andrew Gwilt Ай бұрын

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

  • Darkwolf 3745
    Darkwolf 3745 Ай бұрын +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 Ай бұрын +3

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

    • Rocketplumber
      Rocketplumber Ай бұрын +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 Ай бұрын +3

      @Ryan Payne I would ride that

    • Richard Moore
      Richard Moore Ай бұрын +2

      @tinwatchman "Sauntered vaguely downward."

    • Some Guy
      Some Guy Ай бұрын +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.

  • mafiacat88
    mafiacat88 Ай бұрын

    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.

  • Wackeroni
    Wackeroni 11 күн бұрын

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

  • MDGLee
    MDGLee Ай бұрын

    Respect to everyone keeping the take with the screaming riders. It added lovely comedy to the video.

  • Ben Gold
    Ben Gold 5 күн бұрын

    I used to work at Google and the fact that they would invest in this doesn’t surprise me at all 😂

  • sheep Dalton
    sheep Dalton Ай бұрын

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

  • Shipwright1918
    Shipwright1918 Ай бұрын +4398

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

    • PhysicsGamer
      PhysicsGamer Ай бұрын

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

    • b
      b Ай бұрын

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

    • Motorata
      Motorata Ай бұрын +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 Ай бұрын +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) Ай бұрын +1

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

  • Kepler186F
    Kepler186F Ай бұрын

    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.

  • Toasted Choom
    Toasted Choom Ай бұрын +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.

  • Jon Devine
    Jon Devine Ай бұрын +6

    1:21 I love how he's just so casual when people start screaming on the ride behind him. Just normal in New Zealand

    • Jayfive276
      Jayfive276 Ай бұрын +1

      Just normal in a theme park.

  • The Løzer
    The Løzer Ай бұрын

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

  • marcoscolga24
    marcoscolga24 Ай бұрын +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.

  • Chex
    Chex Ай бұрын +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 Ай бұрын +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 Ай бұрын

      @pyropulse and thats why he probly gives great hugs

    • Brandon
      Brandon Ай бұрын

      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 Ай бұрын

      Monorail vs roller coaster? Hardly the same thing.

    • MrCh0o
      MrCh0o Ай бұрын

      @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

  • Original Otrex
    Original Otrex Ай бұрын

    Tom, good job presenting the good and the bad in a fair and balanced way.

  • Johannes Sjolte
    Johannes Sjolte Ай бұрын +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 🙂

  • GoodoDarco
    GoodoDarco Ай бұрын

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

  • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
    Vigilant Cosmic Penguin Ай бұрын +1

    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.

  • tin2001
    tin2001 11 күн бұрын

    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.

  • ringosis
    ringosis Ай бұрын +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 Ай бұрын +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 Ай бұрын +2

      @Vojtěch Janda But the Shweeb makes you schwinnng!

    • Vojtěch Janda
      Vojtěch Janda Ай бұрын +12

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

    • quinbot quinbot
      quinbot quinbot Ай бұрын +12

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

    • Praise The Sun
      Praise The Sun Ай бұрын +6

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

  • G80 GZT
    G80 GZT 21 күн бұрын

    It'd be great for treacherous areas you can just do the bend around, or for things like setpieces and sights to view. Like amusement parks or instead of a gondola.

  • XaleManix
    XaleManix Ай бұрын

    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.

  • Sam's Stuff
    Sam's Stuff Ай бұрын

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

  • Dominic Palmer
    Dominic Palmer Ай бұрын

    I’m sure it’s been asked already but with all the travelling Tom does, does he do anything to offset his carbon footprint?

  • Cyranek
    Cyranek Ай бұрын +2

    it'd be hard for me to not give a million dollars to something called the schweeb

  • Dave Kendall
    Dave Kendall Ай бұрын +771

    Some google guy just thought it looked fun and wanted to get an operational version to play with. As a cyclist, this looks like a blast, so I totally get where that dude was coming from.

    • Peter Slegers
      Peter Slegers Ай бұрын

      Why didn't they buy a few hundred velomobiles, and worked with local governments to build a fast bicycle network? Velomobiles go fast, can go anywhere, make your employees healthier, and it could turn the disasterous money pit of US urban planning into something maintainable. All the money saved, compared to company cars and fuel, could finance facilities like parkings and repair shops.

    • jman1948
      jman1948 Ай бұрын +1

      @Matthew C Thats like 4-5 google engineer's yearly salary.

    • Julian Eveans
      Julian Eveans Ай бұрын +4

      At its completion at a cost of $83 million in January 1943, the Pentagon was the world's largest office building, covering 29 acres (12 hectares)-including a 5-acre (2-hectare) central court-and
      Chief of staff "God dam it where's the president gone again"
      Aid- "he doing another lab of the 7 floor"

    • Hamish D
      Hamish D Ай бұрын +6

      I'm not sure if they have kept this since the addition of electric pedal assist, but they kept a weekly and all time leaderboard of lap times here. Being based in Rotorua, a mecca for mountain bikers, you'd often see big names in the sport fighting for top spot after visiting the town for races/events

    • SandrA
      SandrA Ай бұрын +17

      Probably wanted a track at the office to ride around in. Could you imagine the Apple building encircled by these tracks?

  • Gravity is a conspiracy
    Gravity is a conspiracy Ай бұрын

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

  • btcharlie
    btcharlie Ай бұрын +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.

  • Lukas Knöfler
    Lukas Knöfler Ай бұрын

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