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Click: A Route 66 of the future - Episode 6

Updated Tuesday, 16th July 2013

In this episode, Click’s Gareth Mitchell and Bill Thompson discuss the conundrum of tech and transport with a panel of experts.

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Images of the set from the live recording of Click on 16th July 2013 with Dr Tony Hirst Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: The Open University Dr Tony Hirst on the set of Click

About the episode

Have you ever sat fuming in a car that was not going anywhere as traffic ahead of you ground to a halt? You are not alone. Think of the passengers stuck in a jam three years ago in Beijing that lasted twelve days. We spend much of our lives on roads but they are often the least intelligent aspects of modern life, with arterial roads so clogged that at times: if an accident happens, far from sending an ambulance they might just as well have sent a hearse. But what if the road was intelligent and created its own energy to light up the motorway; what if you could take your hands off the steering wheel and let the car drive you?

But we are all on the move; and arguably transport problems are even worse in cities. Each week more than a million new people move to megacities. How do you move such huge numbers of people around the city on creaking, broken infrastructures? What can ordinary citizens do with hand-held digital tools to improve the transportation systems? Click’s Gareth Mitchell and Bill Thompson discuss the conundrum of tech and transport with a panel of experts: Marina Bradbury of the New Cities Foundation; NASA’s Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu; the innovative designer, Daan Roosegarde; and Tony Hirst from The Open University. They are given sat-nav guidance through the programme by Kathy Clugston; take the wheel of a driving simulator with Hamish Jamson; and are accompanied by Matthew Hainsby playing his song about the man who drives the most famous remote controlled car there is - the Mars Rover - Curiosity.

Click can be heard on the BBC World Service on Tuesday 16th July 2013 at 7.06pm. Full schedule and iPlayer links are on Read more about the current series.

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