SkyTran—a NASA Space Act company—is finally building a pilot of its computer-controlled, two-person high speed maglev transport system. Cars run 20 feet (six metres) above the ground and can be ordered by a smartphone app.
While the initial trial in Israel will only involve a 1,500-feet (457m) closed campus loop, the plan is to build something much larger in the near future. My dream commute just got a little step closer.
Maglev vehicles are levitated and both lift and thrust are produced by electromagnets.
Each skyTran car can carry two people at over 40 mph and can be ordered by smartphone apps. The cost is anticipated to be less than a taxi-ride.
The skyTran trial is expected to be up and running by the end of 2015. If it is a success, a commercial roll-out in Tel-Aviv and other major global cities may follow.