"But what if someone refuses to pedal or goes really slowly?
Impact-cushioning buffers at each end of the pods allow faster pods to run into slower pods and form a Shweeb ‘peloton’. This increases aerodynamic efficiency and, unlike a bicycle peloton, the power produced by those behind can contribute to the overall power of the group, thereby increasing speed and efficiency and removing the need to overtake. Should the rider in front refuse to pedal, the extra effort required by the rider(s) behind is minimal due to the low rolling resistance and single aero-pressure point of the peloton."
So faster riders could "push" slower riders.
Its an interesting idea. I think amusement parks would embrase this technology before cities do.
correct me if i'm wrong, but one slow person would hold up everyone behind him.
I’m not sure I ever see this working for urban transportation, but it could be good in closed loop institutional settings. For example hopping between airport terminals, or getting around a large zoo or amusement park.