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. While moving on railways, they are not affected by switch changes.
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. Majority of pods have long lives. After they finish their tours, they return home and go again on another tour.
Pod vehicles are rezzed at some specified bases.
- Heterocera, Calleta City, Calleta sim, on the GSLR, close to the juction with main railway, not far from Calleta infohub. -
- Zindra, Kama City, Bronlen sim, not far from Kama Center. -
- Sansara, Snowlands Subcontinent, Durango sim, visible from road. -
Currently, the pods can be found on many continents. There are also transcontinental pods. So, the same pod might appear twice on the lists.
H1 - Transcontinental is a special pod that connects Heterocera with Sansara. It is launched every 30 minutes, departures are at each hour past 20 and 15.
H2 - South East Heterocera
H3 - Heterocera Coast. It has no speed controler. It is released every 30 minutes from Calleta, at each hour past 06 or 36. It offers a complete coast tour. A complete trip takes about 2 hours at average speed. From pod station, it moves to the road in Calelta, then to road 1, along the inner plain.
H4 - road 4
H5 - Cecropia Express. Stops: pod station, Cecropia station, Calleta rail connection. It has no speed controler. It can be seen along the GSLR main rail in Heterocera, from Calleta (junctoin with main railway, Calleta representance of Arcadia Asylum) to Cecropia docks (gateway to Sansara). It passes through only 2 sims and it waits a few minutes at each line end. There is a single pod moving along the way, at every 10 minutes. It waits about 2 minute at each line end. Another station is at the pod station.
H6 - The Great Wall
S0 - Southwestern Mountains
S1 - Northwestern Departures
S2 - ONSR. Departure time: at every hour past 25 and 55. It does not allow speed control. This pod follows the Amudsen Road to North. It is one of the best way to visit Snowlands Subcontinent. It follows the road to North-East, entering the tundra, close to highest mountains of Sansara. Then, it turns South, through Garmish sim, to reach Zermatt Lake and then Wengen railway station. From here, it walks along the road, paralell with the ONSR. From Okemo Gorge, it walks along the rail tracks.
Then, at return route, the pod leaves the railway in Okemo Gorge. Following a trail of protected land, it reaches a hidden, unconnected road (Virrat and Cloudmont sims). Another turn is in Eagan, on the Alpine Byway, a mountain road going to Silk Mountain Waters. At some point, pod leaves the path and climbs over the mountains. Then, from mount Kanin, it really jumps down to a forest and a snow-covered road. Returning to an alpine trail, the pod finally reaches to pod base.
Stops: Durango, Wengen, Okemo Gorge, Okemo Canyon, Smithers Bluff Yard, Smithers End, Cloudmont End, Kanin, Durango.
S3 - Southeastern Sansara
S4 - River & Mountain
S5 - Northern Sansara
S6 - Northeastern
H1 - Heterocera Connection
Z1 - Kama Centercircles around two sims, Kama Center and Bronlen. Departure is at every 10 minutes. The pod has a few stops.
Z2 - South Zindra is an unscheduled pod, released on command. Unfortunately, land does not allow vehicle entry, so that vehicles need passengers to move.