Yava Script Pods
NOTE: THIS ARTICLE IS IN PROGRESS. ESTIMATED FINISH DATE: MAY 1ST 2014
The Yava script pods are automated, convertable, scheduled vehicles that can be seen on Corsica, Gaeta 1, Gaeta 5, Heterocera, Jeogeot, Nautilus, Sansara, Satori and occasional in Zindra. Compared with other automated vehicles, they are much more safe and still they allow passenger to control a few functions (like speed).
Design and features
These vehicles have low prim count and low size. They are phantom (not interfering with other vehicles or avatars), but still they can affect a few things, like railway switches. They are convertable vehicles, that look like a train on railway, spherical pods on roads or ground, boats on water or even submarines if needed.
The scripts use a notecard to store data. Measures show that the Yava script pods are not high-lag vehicles, they don't affect nearby residents with unwanted noise and they don't create high lag in the sim or parcel they enter (yet, it is proven that any avatar, object or script has an influence on land and server performance, it is important to keep this influence below certain limits). Influence is comparable with a classic Heterocera VRC opensource train.
The fact that they give touristic informations on the way is very important and helps people learn much about Second Life geography and history.
Very suggestive are the drawings found on these vehicles. They show important features on the way they go to visit.
These vehicles are released after a schedule (usually at every 30 minutes), but this is not a rule. Some of the pods (like the GSLR Cecropia - Calleta) are released at other schedules. From any pod base, if an avatar wishes, a vehicle can be rezzed anytime. Position of some pods can be noticed with some interactive maps (found usually in Heterocera along the railway).
Scheduled might be affected by sim logout processes or by avatars crashing at a sim cross. Also, since speed can be changed by avatars riding the vehicle, it cannot be said that a specified pod will reach a specified destination after a clear schedule. Only vehicle release time is scheduled.
Pod vehicles are rezzed at some specified bases.
Currently, the pods can be found on many continents. There are also transcontinental pods. So, the same pod might appear twice on the lists.