Monday, January 25, 2010
Saturday, August 01, 2009
Shweeb Cycle monorail
Very cool. Forget the fairground ride. Imagine what would happen if this was in a city. The supporting posts are very narrow not much bigger than lamposts.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Some nice images from Canadian website - should work really well so far north.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
I posted this on the new scientist website.
Fifty years ago who would have thought that we would take the ability to send any digital document from a office desk around the world as common place? Yet when you buy something on Amazon or Ebay it still takes days to arrive. Work is often more than information its about things. The internet-of-things would make sending a book, a blood sample or a pizza as simple as sending an email. Autonomous mini robots running on special tracks, moving like packets over the internet could move things from one place to another.
Why stop with things? Next year Heathrow will see the world’s first autonomous taxi system (Ultra) that is faster door-to-door than a car but uses less energy than a bus. Even Microsoft is considering using it for their headquarters. Can work be the same when the trip to work will be cheap, quick, quite, green and chaffer driven?
Thursday, December 20, 2007
BBC NEWS | UK | Are driverless pods the future?
nice write up over Heathrow travel pod/PRT system.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
VECTUS PRT Well I should be bloging more rapidly (sorry). I'm always quite astonished by teh speed of developement. This stuff looks quite cool Asian money supporting European Engineering - what next ?
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Recently a suspended system (one that hanges down) has appeared from a proposer from Poland. Quite an cools sight one could hardly waste time in recommending.
Naturally I'm all over the technical details. MISTER appears to be well versed in the positive and negative attributes of the various alternative PRT systems out there(good). They have gone for simplicity and using available technology (gets my vote).
They have decided that the vertical "truss mono rail", (hanging down) is simpler lighter and safer. Personally I've always like suspended systems. If you look a skii lift you can have a number of gondolas hanging from a wire. This would make the wire the low visual intrusion option but introduces the problem of how to move from track to track ( switch in the technical parlance).
MISTER appears to have come up with some solution "Finally, use of a "static rail switches" (crossovers), where rails do not move, but gondola suspension-propulsion caddy is switching from one rail onto a parallel section of the other rail, provides for fail safe and non-wearing mechanism of diverging and merging from/onto the main transport rails. It is similar to a freeway exit/entry, except that lines do not join but run in parallel for a while, for a sufficient distance to "jump across". "
I didn't find anything showing how but this switch works, generally this is the core of the system and the thing most PRT systems hold back for a patent. I noticed that one of the links is to Wendell Cox the notorious anti-public transit, anti-smart growth pro sprawl activist. What strange bedfellows MISTER makes.
Well it looks like this system is getting a far amount of interest in Poland (yeah!). Perhaps PRT might have a simpler time emerging from a country where total reform is in the air than a more staid/conventional/formal country like the US. Well definitely a project which could do with more work and a good working prototype to sort out the problems so I wish them my hearty best.