London Scientists Want A Physical “Transport Internet”

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A group of British scientists and logistics planners have proposed a program called Foodtubes, an underground network of tunnels controlled by logistics software which could send food and household goods from one location to another. The dubbed “transport Internet” works similar to the way we surf the Web, and can become a more efficient and eco-friendly way to ship goods in the future.

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Items would be delivered via tubes that would be powered by magneto-electric or air pumps, making waste byproducts virtually non-existent. Customers would input their orders through the software and companies could “ship” the goods through the system almost instantly, the same way we go to websites online. The organization says it will cost about £400 million to create (about $626.96 million), and rake in £80 million ($125.4 million) a year so the investment could be made back in less than a decade. They’ve already developed a plan for London and say that they have several grocery chains interested, according to TG Daily.

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The project seems interesting, and we can’t wait until it’s expanded so everyone can get the benefits of a physical internet. Receiving products you order online instantly? That would be amazing.

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