Latest in Autonomous

Image credit:

Israel is building a futuristic 'hover-monorail' that could come to the US

Steve Dent, @stevetdent
June 25, 2014
10 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

"Ehh, it's not for you, Tel Aviv -- it's more of a Shelbyville idea." We doubt a company called skyTran used Lyle Lanley's pitch, but it just announced that a futuristic train test loop will be built at the Israel Aerospace Industry (IAI) campus in Lod, Israel. SkyTran's so-called personal rapid transit is a magnetic levitation (maglev) system that'll propel two-person pods along a monorail-type track. In theory, you'd order a car by smartphone, get picked up at a station and be whisked to your destination. The IAI trial will run at about 45 mph, but future trains will be much faster. If all goes well, the first commercial system will be built at Tel Aviv for $80 million and tracks are also planned for France, India and California. If all this smells of hucksterism, skyTrans is located on NASA's campus and is a Space Act Agreement partner -- it's not Leonard Nimoy, but it's something.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
10 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

WhatsApp imposes even stricter limits on message forwarding

WhatsApp imposes even stricter limits on message forwarding

View
The Morning After: NASCAR driver loses sponsor after 'rage quitting' esports race

The Morning After: NASCAR driver loses sponsor after 'rage quitting' esports race

View
Google Fit redesign focuses on your step count

Google Fit redesign focuses on your step count

View
The gadgets that refuse to die

The gadgets that refuse to die

View
The first Lego Super Mario sets launch on August 1st

The first Lego Super Mario sets launch on August 1st

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr