The Israeli city of Netanya is the next in line to climb aboard the skyTran plan for the future of public transportation.
It has approved construction of a 600-meter route on which a fleet of two-passenger mag-lev pods will take commuters on demand – aided by artificial intelligence — between the railway station in the Poleg Industrial Zone and the Kiryat Nordau residential neighborhood.
SkyTran’s computer-controlled vehicles, capable of speeds up to 300 kilometers per hour, were developed at the NASA Ames Research Center in California and are being built at Israel Aerospace Industries.
We first reported on skyTran in 2012 and most recently in 2015 when the city of Herzliya reported a collaboration with skyTran.
The mag-lev system is meant to revolutionize urban and suburban commuting in a fast, safe, green and economical manner. There’s no word on when skyTran will be ready for market, though Globes reports that the development of the technology will be completed before the end of this year.
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