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Can train technology re-invent the wheel?
Oct 18 2011 (9:12AM)
News Entry# 42684 Can train technology re-invent the wheel?
Posted by: rdb*^ Added by: rdb*^ Oct 18 2011 (9:12AM)
Rail transport has not fundamentally changed in the 200 years since the invention of metal rails but a new wave of transport ideas - from ones already in development to "concept" contraptions - could change the way we commute forever.A personal car that drives itself automatically to your destination may sound like science fiction but new "pods" at Heathrow Airport in London have achieved just that - taking passengers from car park to terminal quickly, easily and driven entirely autonomously.
The idea of Personal Rapid Transit, as it is called, is to make public transport more personal, allowing on-demand journeys at the push of a button, all controlled by computers and lasers rather than a human.The system has been heralded as a...