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Passenger Vehicle (Vehicle Type A – 100 passengers)

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 Electric/Hybrid Propulsion

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Air Cushion Lift System and Guideway

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Passenger Vehicle Hangers (w/ dynamic joints for the smoothest ride)

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High-Speed Switch

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Primary Route

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Alternate Route (enabled by high-speed switch)

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Guideway Towers

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All-Weather Cover / Solar Platform

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Highway Safety Barrier

FLEXIBLE GUIDEWAY

Historically, high speed transportation systems have used rigid rails or roadbeds. Ours utilizes an elevated and somewhat flexible guideway constructed with lightweight composite materials. The land footprint of the AirTrac guideway is far less than any other rigid raised structure, especially that required by high speed rail.

AIR CUSHION TECHNOLOGY

The air cushion vehicle is supported in the guideway a few inches above the surface on a cushion of pressurized air. With minimal friction, efficiency is maximized. The cabin hangs like a pendulum and will naturally pass through curves in a coordinated manner regardless of speed.

HIGH SPEED FAIL-SAFE SWITCH

All successful mass transit networks employ high speed switching. AirTrac’s concentrically designed air cushion and guideway uses a switch rail that is moved into and out of position by gravity. The switch is either in the fully open or the fully closed position, never leaving an open segment in the guideway. Consequently AirTrac vehicles are always supported.

INNOVATIVE PROPULSION SYSTEM

Each AirTrac vehicle is propelled by a single engine driving a reversible ducted fan. Advanced sound suppression technology makes AirTrac a rather quiet system. The aft mounted duct removes stagnant air buildup from the body of the vehicle to reduce drag. Support and system power will be derived from the propulsion engine, available in hybrid configurations. Since AirTrac does not fly, it is unnecessary to carry large amounts of fuel. At urban stations quick change fuel tanks will be swapped.

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