Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Markets in Everything: Traffic Jam Rescue

BEIJING - "With more Chinese people getting behind the wheel every day, traffic jams are a major headache in most cities but the gridlock has become an opportunity for some entrepreneurs who are offering an escape route - for a price.  Drivers who get stuck in traffic in some cities can now get on their mobile phones and call for a substitute to take their cars to their destinations while the frustrated drivers are whisked away on the back of a motorcycle."


5 Comments:

At 1/11/2011 12:02 PM, Blogger juandos said...

What?!?!

No Google maps on those high priced smart phones?...:-)

 
At 1/11/2011 12:14 PM, Blogger Buddy R Pacifico said...

Bejing's traffic congestion is so bad that China's auto industry may be devasted in 2011 because of new Bejing auto restrictions.

 
At 1/11/2011 1:34 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

What?!?!

No Google maps on those high priced smart phones?...:-)

juandos,

To what purpose? to verify that, yes indeed, you are in a traffic jam? And, that every possible alternate route is also jammed?

 
At 1/12/2011 12:18 PM, Blogger juandos said...

Hey Ron H, I thought they were 'smart phones'...:-)

 
At 1/12/2011 12:44 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

"Hey Ron H, I thought they were 'smart phones'...:-)"

well, juandos, I suppose they are. You can put the phone number of your favorite rescue services on speed dial.

I wonder how long it will be before this great idea gets ruined by too many rescuers just driving off with the cars they're supposed to deliver?

 

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