Rod Hook’s introduction of the idea of a new transport system in the Australian region does not leave anyone indifferent, causing more people to be interested in the string transport technology. A number of Australian media has repeatedly covered the march of the SkyWay technology on the green continent, considering different points of view of the residents and the Administration of the region.
In his publication for the Weekly Time Messenger an Australian author and journalist Andrew Faulkner compares Rod Hook with a very significant figure for South Australia sir Charles Todd, whose contribution to the infrastructure of the state is difficult to overestimate.
Note: Charles Todd is an Australian public official and discoverer. In 1855, at the age of 28 he took up a double post of the government astronomer and the superintendent of telegraphs in South Australia. Charles Todd drew up the nation's first weather charts, and during the 1880s began to produce the first weather forecasts for the state. One of his first achievements was the building of the first overland telegraph line between Adelaide and Melbourne. The period of informational isolation for the state was over, and Charles Todd’s success has become a national treasure.
"In his many years as Head of the Transport Department, Rod Hook built a reputation as a doer. Now, more than two years after he was sacked by prime-minister Jay Wetherill, Mr. Hook has suggested driverless trains run along, well above, Unley Rd and The Parade instead of trams," Andrew Faulkner writes. "This has him at odds with his old bosses on North Terrace. Gasp. How dare anyone question the efficacy of (pause to genuflect) our trams. Hook went further than that, the cad. He cast doubts on whether the two roads would ever get trams."
Unfortunately, almost always the obstacles in the form of misunderstanding, indifference or ordinary fear of novelty appeared on the way of breakthrough, extraordinary, radically new technologies. All great inventions, much ahead of their time, were at odds with traditional views of the majority, but later made an invaluable contribution to the progress, science and the civilization as a whole.
As Anatoly Yunitskiy in Belarus, Rod Hook acts on the Australian continent as the same discoverer, whose initiative does not always meet the approval of others. When his driverless train plan made news last week, the Assistant Treasurer Chris Picton was unimpressed, tweeting “is it April 1?” A cursory glance at Mr Picton’s other Tweets revealed this: “Today I introduced … legislation to reduce red tape for food truck entrepreneurs across SA.” Mutually exclusive clauses are evident.
Now Rod Hook faces only one, but rather difficult task ― to convince others to go beyond the ordinary ideas about transport, providing once again an opportunity for the region to move to a new, more progressive level of development.
"A Jetson-like train humming through Unley or elevated transport of the XXI century. Which idea would Todd prefer, do you think?" asks a rhetorical question Andrew Faulkner.