Friday, December 31, 2010

Personal Rapid Transit is NOT Happening in Masdar

The future of the PRT system

Masdar City is piloting its Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system, which is made up of electric-powered, automated, single-cabin vehicles.

Magnets embedded in the road are used to locate their positions and on-board sensors detect obstacles in their path. They are also powered by a recyclable battery that recharges while the vehicles are standing at the stations between trips. The vehicles can travel up to 40 kilometres per hour on straight roads and 25 kilometres per hour on curves.

News reports have said Masdar plans to scrap the PRT system.

When "Weekend Review" asked Masdar about it, they said that "in the past two years, there has been a surge in the development of electric and robotic vehicles in the commercial market and we wish to study these to make comparisons with our PRT system".

Another big FAIL for ill-starred, would-be pod vendor 2GetThere. But the PRT hucksters will likely continue to promote 2GetThere's glorified golf carts into the next decade. Here's a wacky video that offers a collage of animated pods, King Kong, dirigibles and other junk as some kind of an environmental solution:

2Getthere PRT from Rafaël Croonen on Vimeo.

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