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Why doesn't Google start a hovercraft service rather than the ferry to Redwood City

Original post made by PA Resident on Jan 20, 2014

I was speaking with some engineers over the weekend who were talking about how much faster and cheaper a hovercraft service between San Francisco and Mountain View would be rather than the ferry being tried out. Hovercrafts do not need a dock, run up and down a slipway and do not need deep water which would have to be regularly dredged.

Any Google people reading this?

Comments (3)

Posted by Old Coot, a resident of Rex Manor
on Jan 21, 2014 at 7:06 am

Two problems:
Use LOTS of AV Fuel.
Not cheap at all.

Posted by Mike Glanville, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jan 22, 2014 at 2:15 am

Old Coot is describing hovercraft as they were when first introduced, modern hovercraft are not so noisy, around 80 decibels, similar to a shopping mall, school classroom or busy restaurant. Air boats are up to 120 decibels, so people often get hovercraft mixed up with air boat noise. Modern hovercraft do not use so much fuel either, they do not push gallons of water out of the way like a boat does. CAD/CNC technology has vastly improved hovercraft, you can even buy personal hovercraft to help you commute, so they are also affordable for marine leisure fun, check out to find out more about hovercraft, no doubt hovercraft could save time and money helping people commute more effectively. Did I mention hovercraft are also kinder to the environment - no prop to damage sea mammals.

Posted by Resident, a resident of another community
on Jan 22, 2014 at 9:09 am

Thanks Mike, that is similar to what my engineer friends were saying over the weekend.

Do I get the idea for a startup forming?

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