They are Building the First Personal Maglev Transport System in Israel

By James Baker on at

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.

They are building the first personal maglev transport system in Israel

Maglev vehicles are levitated and both lift and thrust are produced by electromagnets.

They are building the first personal maglev transport system in Israel

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.

They are building the first personal maglev transport system in Israel

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.

They are building the first personal maglev transport system in Israel

They are building the first personal maglev transport system in Israel