Breaking news related to automated transit networks (ATN – an umbrella term for personal rapid transit (PRT) and group rapid transit (GRT) systems, also known as podcars), along with links where available. Reader beware: we publish links to articles that appear to be newsworthy, without concern as to whether or not they are for or against PRT and without checking their sources. Comment directly on the original article, not here.
On-Demand Levitating Monorail Could Revolutionize Urban Commuting
This unique hybrid maglev-monorail system is more than just a pipe dream. Many people who advocate for public transit also fear opposition from those who are accustomed to being able to move about in an individual manner with cars. In certain circles, this group sometimes seems to have won out. However, a futuristic on-demand 500m monorail test loop being built at the Israel Aerospace Industry (IAI) campus in Lod, Israel combines the best of both worlds and might have you thinking differently about transit. Read More…
Futuristic elevated transport system to be built in Israel
TEL AVIV (Reuters) – California-based skyTran has teamed up with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to construct the world’s first public pilot project for skyTran’s elevated transit network. A number of skyTran projects are being planned globally, including in India and the United States, pending the success of the pilot in Israel. Read More…
High-Speed, Elevated, Mass Transit Gets Real
SkyTran and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to build a skyTran Demonstration System…skyTran, Inc., headquartered at the NASA Research Park (NRP) near Mountain View, California, and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), a company headquartered in Lod, Israel, entered into an agreement today for the construction of a skyTran technology demonstration system (TDS) on the grounds of IAI’s corporate campus. Read more….
COMMON GOOD at PCC-2014
If government is supposed to be about the pursuit of common good, then public officials should be thinking of ways for us the people to live in harmony and promote a sustainable general welfare. Auto De-Addiction: Our transportation infrastructure, so heavily weighted to auto addiction, is sadly unsustainable. Do we need an unending stream of new cars, vans and trucks?A Pod-Way Out of Our Dilemma: We, the People of the USA and the World, need preemptive policies to get us out of our auto addiction. There are very strong arguments that investing in pedestrian and bikeway networks provides more benefits per dollar than highway improvements. Read More…
Welcome to Podcar City 8!
Dear attendees, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors – Welcome to the 8th International Podcar City Conference – To the Next Level! Learn from experience, meet the experts and network for a better understanding of the next generation of public transportation – A Podcar comes when you push a button and it takes you directly to your destination. Read More…
ATRA Forum for ATN
ATRA, Advanced Transit Association has initiated a new FORUM where members of ATRA will answer questions related to Automated Transit Networks. ATRA is available to support you if you have, or are considering, an ATN system. Sample topics may include:
- Planning & Design
- Operation & Maintenance
- Information on ATN Systems and Technology
To view or join the discussions, log on to http://www.advancedtransit.org/forums/, register, and start posting your questions!
UP inks over Rs 54,000cr business deals
NEW DELHI: The UP government signed MoUs worth Rs 54,606 crore on Thursday, including a Rs 220-crore (US$37M) project for a personal rapid transit (pod taxi) system in Noida. Twenty-three companies inked a pact with the UP government at its Investors’ Conclave in Delhi, some promising to expand existing businesses, and others pledging to set up shop in the state over the coming years. Read More…
Suyzer - Innovative public transportation for people and goods.
We have made a choice….Creative intelligence does not rely on the past. It is more inviting to create a resourceful future instead of preserving the all-consuming past. We have a dream and left behind the legacy of confined business models that are only suitable to those who control them. We want to give and share and in addition make a profit. To reach this goal we had to develop a system that is beneficial to the core of society. A system, that helps people to meet face to face instead of digital. Read More….
Skytran: first contact
The first meeting between the inventor of skyTran, the American Gerald Jay Sanders, and Alain Mollet, project manager for special projects Poma, the Grenoble company ranked among the world’s two leading manufacturers of lifts, held Tuesday at the Hotel Palladia. Alain Mollet refused to comment at the end of this presentation he calls “simple handshake.” Organized at the initiative of the Association of Friends of skyTran the meeting yesterday morning was aimed at presenting to investors and industrial operation of air shuttle monorail according to Jean-Pierre Plancade, leader of the “Love Toulouse ‘list could one day supplement arsenal transit Toulouse. Read More… Note: Translated from French.
SJSU students to unveil their innovative solar-powered Automated Transit Network design at upcoming Maker Faire
In an interdisciplinary effort, San José State University engineering, business, design and urban planning students are determined to revolutionize transportation with their new Spartan Superway, a 100 percent solar-powered Automated Transit Network (ATN), using driverless podcars. The ATN project was first motivated by a solar design challenge proposed by the Institute of Sustainable Transportation (INIST) two years ago, to help cities move toward a more sustainable future. Read more…
Lightweight Transport for a Crowded World
The larger the mass, the more energy is required to move it. In an aircraft more mass means more power is required to keep it in level flight. On a train, car, truck or bus, more mass requires more power to accelerate and more power to keep it moving. Reducing the mass reduces the fuel burned and emissions generated. Read More…
The Heathrow Pod
The Heathrow pod is Ultra Global’s innovative Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system at London’s Heathrow Airport, the service provides passengers transport between the airport’s Terminal 5 and a designated business car park. The PRT system has been open since May 2011 and has carried close to a million passengers. Mark Griffiths is Ultra Global’s Head of Operations and has been in charge of the team of controllers and technicians responsible for the day to day running of the system. Read More… BlogIT-003
Frost & Sullivan Perspective on: The Impact of Driverless Podcars on Dubai Roads
The Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) systems in Dubai are certainly a good first step towards mitigating traffic congestion. In a land where oil is abundantly available and cars are highly affordable, congestion is an obvious challenge. Enticing people to use personal rapid transit and other modes of shared mobility can remove personal vehicles from the roads. However, the biggest challenge is still first- and last-mile connectivity. Read More…
1 Million Mark
On May 22nd at 13.55 hours, the PRT system at Masdar welcomed its 1 millionth passenger. ‘This milestone demonstrates the popularity of the technology being showcased at Masdar City,’ said Anthony Mallows, Director of Masdar City. ‘The PRT system has made a significant contribution to the city’s development thus far, and will continue to feature as an important function of the city’s transportation system.’ Read More…