Tel Aviv will introduce a network of sky-high cars by 2016, BBC reports. If successful, the prototype will become the basis for a larger, commercial transit system.
The system will include computer-controlled, two-person hover cars gliding along elevated railways through magnetic levitation (maglev) technology.
According to The Telegraph, this will be the most substantial trial of skyTran to date. And although the cars in the test will only go 43 miles per hour, they are capable of “much higher speeds.”
Silicon Valley-based skyTran’s mission is to “transport passengers in a safe, green, and economical manner,” intending to “revolutionise public transportation and, with it, urban and suburban commuting.”
If the prototype succeeds, skyTran says the network be implemented throughout 125 miles of urban and suburban landscape of central Israel.
They plan to build more routes in France, India, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
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