Technology

The Future of Urban Transportation

If successful, the pilot system will expand into Tel Avib city which is the perfect testing ground for a system like this. Crowded streets and tech savvy citizens provide a ideal testing place for SkyTran. Users will be able to summons a ride from their smart phone at a cost of around $5 each. When compared to a standard local bus fare ($2 USD) or a taxi, it’s a great price for a superior ride. The expansion plans for SkyTran are into the suburbs too, not just the CBD, with an aim of revolutionizing urban and suburban commuting.

Safety and Reliability

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Safety and Reliability
Safety and Reliability

Computer controlled driverless systems would eliminate human error and increase safety, along with efficiency. Cars will travel closely together, at times as close as 0.5 seconds apart, with the added safety of multiple breaking systems making this possible. It would allow a much more efficient and safer mode of transport for commuters. By servicing as much as 12,000 commuters on a line per hour, SkyTran has the ability to surpass bus and train service levels in an environmentally superior way.

The Technical Details of SkyTran

The systems requires a minimal amount of energy consumption because it is running with passive magnetic levitation. Rather than using wheels, the pods require no power to levitate, this occurs because of the movement of the vehicle over wire coils on the track. A short burst of power is used to propel the pod forward initially, this short burst can accelerate the car to 44 mph and it can maintain this levitating above the rails as it travels. With a low amount of parts, less maintenance is required and coupled with a comparatively low cost to build (approximately $10 million per mile) the system could be a winner for local governments.

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