James introduces it, then the challenges and solutions follow...
Hi, I'm James May. Welcome to my Big Ideas. In this interactive we're going to explore some of the ways of getting from A to B using a range of transport options.
Mostly were looking at transport available today but there's a couple that are just around the corner, so we'll pretend we're a few years into the future.
Before you read the challenges, why don't you check out the vital statistics for each vehicle, then you'll know what options are available? The stats should also help you decide which mode of transport best meets James' requirements.
Challenge: Get to Mum's house in Devon – noisily
I need to get to my Mum's house in Devon, and I need to get there quick as you can, supper's going to be ready soon. Not only that but I'm far too tired to actually drive anything. I want to put my feet up and do the crossword on the way.
Challenge: Get to meeting in Australia – quickly
Good grief, now I've got the impossible task of joining a meeting this afternoon, in Australia. Help!
Challenge: Get to concert in Hyde Park – noisily
Ok, for this challange I've got to get to a classical musical concert in Hyde Park. Too simple? Right let's make it more interesting, it's Rachmaninoff so I want to make it the noisiest way of arriving.
Challenge: Go to see elephants in Africa – quickly
Do you ever have the urge to experience the wonders of the world? Me too. Right now I want to see elephants, maybe even feed a few and I'm not talking about a trip to a zoo here in Britain. I want to see them in their natural environment. Get me to Africa, get me there fast.
Challenge: Go for lunch in Leeds – cheaply
Mmmm... I'm feeling a bit peckish, better start thinking about lunch. I know a great place, in Leeds, but it's not cheap. You'd best maximise the food fund by getting me there the cheapest way you can.
Challenge: See Moulin Rouge in Paris – efficiently
I fancy an extravagant night out, let's go to Paris to see the Moulin Rogue. But, with the yin comes the yang. If I'm being extravagant in Paris, get me there frugally. I want the most energy efficient way possible.
Challenge:Get out of here – quickly
Yikes I've upset the locals, it's getting ugly fast i need to get the hell out of here pronto.
Challenge: Get to Scotland – terrifyingly
Off to Scotland today and I feel like giving my heart a workout on the way. Do your worst, get me there the most terrifying way you can.
Challenge: Go to North Pole – efficiently
Let's head North, all the way North, in fact, to the North Pole. No rush, let's just get me there the most energy efficient way you can.
Robotcar: Great – the robot car has the benefits of direct A-B personal transportation, it's quick and I don't even have to drive!
Telepresence: The best solution – very fast for something I don't need to be physically present for.
Jetpack: Yes, I think this would be the noisiest way to get there – so noisy I'm not sure if I'd be able to hear any of the music after!
Space plane: It gets me there fast (once you check in and get past security) I think this does the trick.
Solar car: Assuming the sun is shining, then this would get me to Leeds without having to pay for fuel.
Train: It is pretty direct, pretty fast and pretty efficient – a good solution.
Jetpack: The journey the jetpack was made for - when the chips are down you might just risk it!
Aerocar: I think the aerocar is the most terrifying way to get there - in the air I'm worried it'll fall apart, on the ground it's the worst car I've ever driven. A grim journey either way.
Go to North Pole – efficiently
Airship: The best option - providing the engines don't freeze. I just have to hope there's not too much head wind, otherwise it could take forever to get there!