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(The Week UK)   Hover cars. That is all   (theweek.co.uk) divider line 18
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2014-06-26 04:28:15 AM  
Good luck, Israelis. Tell us how it goes.
 
2014-06-26 08:13:58 AM  
www.barnsley-chronicle.co.uk

I understand a crack team of English scientists are working on a hover-van as well.
 
2014-06-26 09:18:59 AM  
Umm from the picture, its a passenger monorail.  There appears to be no hovering.. Hovercar? WTF?
 
2014-06-26 09:25:06 AM  

MindStalker: Umm from the picture, its a passenger monorail.  There appears to be no hovering.. Hovercar? WTF?


The article suggests its one of those "magnetic rail" things, so the cars would be "hovering" over the rails by magnetic repulsion.
 
2014-06-26 09:26:27 AM  
A bit more info.
http://skytran.us/benefits/

It appears to claim to be a system where the cars split off from the main track for boarding of individual pods so that when you are on the main track you pass the boarding pods without slowing down.

Several have proposed similar systems. If they are actually building this (it appears they are building this on a college campus network only) it will be the first real deployment of this type of system.
 
2014-06-26 09:26:28 AM  

Epicanis: MindStalker: Umm from the picture, its a passenger monorail.  There appears to be no hovering.. Hovercar? WTF?

The article suggests its one of those "magnetic rail" things, so the cars would be "hovering" over the rails by magnetic repulsion.


So....maglev cars, then
 
2014-06-26 09:27:34 AM  

Epicanis: MindStalker: Umm from the picture, its a passenger monorail.  There appears to be no hovering.. Hovercar? WTF?

The article suggests its one of those "magnetic rail" things, so the cars would be "hovering" over the rails by magnetic repulsion.


morbo.jpg
 
2014-06-26 09:39:42 AM  
i236.photobucket.com
 
2014-06-26 09:44:54 AM  
I can't see any advantage to going 150 MPH, though.

We're talking about a metro area that is, at most, something like 9 miles in its longest dimension.  Going 150 MPH you can traverse that in 3.6 minutes.  Going half that speed, a sedate 75 MPH, it would only take 7.2 minutes.  Hell, even at *HALF* that, or just under 38 MPH,  it would still take less than 15 minutes to get from one end of the greater Tel Aviv metro area to the other, and the engineering would be much less difficult, and the safety factor higher, for either of the two lower speeds.

Now, if we're talking about a way to get from one city in Israel to another, like Haifa to Jerusalem, that would make some sense.  The distance there is roughly 72 miles, and making that trip in roughly half an hour would be a big improvement over driving it and would be presumably cheaper and more eco-friendly than flying.
 
2014-06-26 09:54:52 AM  

Langston: Epicanis: MindStalker: Umm from the picture, its a passenger monorail.  There appears to be no hovering.. Hovercar? WTF?

The article suggests its one of those "magnetic rail" things, so the cars would be "hovering" over the rails by magnetic repulsion.

So....maglev cars, then


....except not really cars, unless you mean "train cars," because it's going to follow a rail route.

Congrats Israel, you've developed the elevated train.
 
2014-06-26 10:02:11 AM  

dittybopper: I can't see any advantage to going 150 MPH, though.

We're talking about a metro area that is, at most, something like 9 miles in its longest dimension.  Going 150 MPH you can traverse that in 3.6 minutes.  Going half that speed, a sedate 75 MPH, it would only take 7.2 minutes.  Hell, even at *HALF* that, or just under 38 MPH,  it would still take less than 15 minutes to get from one end of the greater Tel Aviv metro area to the other, and the engineering would be much less difficult, and the safety factor higher, for either of the two lower speeds.

Now, if we're talking about a way to get from one city in Israel to another, like Haifa to Jerusalem, that would make some sense.  The distance there is roughly 72 miles, and making that trip in roughly half an hour would be a big improvement over driving it and would be presumably cheaper and more eco-friendly than flying.


The speed may be necessary for the capacity they're claiming (12,000 people per hour on a single track of 2-person pods).

Also, it sounds like they're reinventing something that mostly already exists.
 
2014-06-26 10:12:37 AM  
I'm still waiting for "The Homer" from Powell Motors.  that's going to be awesome
 
2014-06-26 10:38:46 AM  

StopLurkListen: dittybopper: I can't see any advantage to going 150 MPH, though.

We're talking about a metro area that is, at most, something like 9 miles in its longest dimension.  Going 150 MPH you can traverse that in 3.6 minutes.  Going half that speed, a sedate 75 MPH, it would only take 7.2 minutes.  Hell, even at *HALF* that, or just under 38 MPH,  it would still take less than 15 minutes to get from one end of the greater Tel Aviv metro area to the other, and the engineering would be much less difficult, and the safety factor higher, for either of the two lower speeds.

Now, if we're talking about a way to get from one city in Israel to another, like Haifa to Jerusalem, that would make some sense.  The distance there is roughly 72 miles, and making that trip in roughly half an hour would be a big improvement over driving it and would be presumably cheaper and more eco-friendly than flying.

The speed may be necessary for the capacity they're claiming (12,000 people per hour on a single track of 2-person pods).

Also, it sounds like they're reinventing something that mostly already exists.


12000/2
6000 passes per hour
100 passes per second

are these people fired via railgun into the pods? I don't see people being able to get into a pod in less than a second.
 
2014-06-26 10:42:52 AM  
DaStompa:

12000/2
6000 passes per hour
100 passes per second

are these people fired via railgun into the pods? I don't see people being able to get into a pod in less than a second.


Not had your coffee yet this morning?  6000 passes per hour would be 100 passes per Minute, or 1 and 2/3 passes per second.
 
2014-06-26 10:47:07 AM  
img2.wikia.nocookie.net

Still waiting.
 
2014-06-26 10:48:05 AM  
FTFA: "It can handle 12,000 people an hour per guideway, and that number grows exponentially with each additional guideway," Sanders said.

Might as well put in 2 guideways then, and get a full 144 million people per hour handled.
 
2014-06-26 12:58:15 PM  
It'll be a nice juicy target for Hamas.
 
2014-06-26 01:15:44 PM  

ristst: It'll be a nice juicy target for Hamas.


all of this.
 
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