A year ago SkyWay, a Belarusian company, started building test facility for what they call “string transport” and hope to make it the transport of the future. A video showing first tests of such vehicle has recently been published online.
The video shows a test of a “unibus”, a rolling module of small capacity, 42.TUT.BY writes.
SkyWay engineers believe that their electromechanical system will allow speeds of up to 150 km per hour with the consumption of the amount of energy equal to 2.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers.
The vehicle in the video moves at a speed of 20 km/h, but it is not clear if there’s anyone or anything inside it, as the engineers are very discreet about the technical side of the project.
SkyWay is a Belarusian company working on the design, construction and certification of a new high-speed transport system that the company describes as a breakthrough.
SkyWay’s plans are rather ambitious – to create a high-speed intercity, urban and freight transport system where modules will move on rails or strings raised above the ground and will be able to travel at up to 150 km/h in the cities and up to 500 km/h outside them.
Despite the company’s enthusiasm, there are scientists who believe the project to be unrealistic. For example, it took about a year to build a small section of the road at SkyWay’s EcoTechnoPark, located 70km away from Minsk.
The total cost of the 35ha EcoTechnoPark, a demonstration ground for string transport technology, was estimated at $300 mln.