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Sky cars to be built in Tel Aviv by 2015

Posted on Wednesday, 25 June, 2014 | Comment icon 26 comments

An artist's impression of the skyTran sky cars. Image Credit:
A unique new transportation system is set to debut in the Israeli city by the end of next year.
Consisting of a 500m loop of elevated magnetic tracks, the sky car network has been developed by skyTran and is being aimed at providing an alternative transport method to the city's congested roads.

Two-person cars will be suspended from the track and can achieve speeds of up to 43mph initially with higher speeds planned for the future. Passengers will be able to summon a car to a specific stop using their mobile phones and the vehicles will require no drivers.

More skyTran systems are to be set up in other countries such as India and the United States once the concept has been successfully tested in Tel Aviv. Its makers are hoping that it will revolutionize transport around the world.

"It will get the market in the mood for autonomous vehicles - it is not too scary, is cheaper than building out a train line and uses part of the urban landscape, 20 feet above ground, that isn't currently used," said smart city expert Joe Dignan.

Source: BBC News | Comments (26)

Tags: Tel Aviv, Israel, skyTran

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Comment icon #17 Posted by maximusnow on 26 June, 2014, 15:37
The future = you have an app on your phone that pin points your location. You hit the send button; a drone swoops out of nowhere and drops a harness. Your phone dings and a push button displays. You hit launch and the drone takes off with you attached. You can hit drop after you select on a map your drop location. You would be debited the cost and safety features are built in to avoid suicides or drops in hazardous areas.
Comment icon #18 Posted by paperdyer on 26 June, 2014, 16:01
. IT depends on how many cars go off the rails. Take out some supports and a lot more the 2 people are affected.
Comment icon #19 Posted by TheGreatBeliever on 26 June, 2014, 16:12
Don see no diff between train n this. In fact this cars take up more space than a train
Comment icon #20 Posted by g00dfella on 26 June, 2014, 16:19
By 2015? No way jose..
Comment icon #21 Posted by tyrant lizard on 26 June, 2014, 17:32
Everything is a target for terrorists. Schools, hospitals. roads, buses.... Its a bit like the Emmirates cable car in London. People thought it would be a target for terrorists - and it probabaly was... until they realised no one ever went on it.
Comment icon #22 Posted by The Black Ghost on 26 June, 2014, 23:16
Sounds like someone's pet project... Not practical at all. Probably there would be long lines, if people even found a need to use it.
Comment icon #23 Posted by g00dfella on 27 June, 2014, 5:07
Yeah sure thing bro, I go to South Lake Tahoe and the tendants must operate/open/close the Gondola lift...yet people will be able to control their own drones?? LOL FYI, there are FPV RC planes that are setup as drones, you need licenses just to fly one of way your scenario is remotely realistic.
Comment icon #24 Posted by toast on 27 June, 2014, 8:16
Similar principle but without magnetic tracks on operating state since 1901 in Wuppertal (Germany):
Comment icon #25 Posted by psyche101 on 27 June, 2014, 8:28
AND STILL!!!! NO FREAKING HOVERBOARD!! Geez!! Come on science - wheres my hoverboard??????? Back to the Future - maybe everyone else forgot, but I am holding on, and STILL saving up my dollars for a hoverboard........ YEAH RIGHT!!!!! So is Christmas!!! I just want a hoverboard before I'm too old to ride it!! If they finally make one, it better go over water after this wait!!!
Comment icon #26 Posted by RaymondEternal on 4 August, 2014, 13:48
It is still like a cable car but instead uses magnetic but will happen if theres a strong electromagnetic interference so its not safe :(

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