Solar-Powered Podcars

The Sustainable Transportation of the Future

Project Description

There is a quiet revolution happening in public transit, and Global Mana helps back this bold new initiative. Global Mana is collaborating with Sustainable Mobility System for Silicon Valley (SMSSV) to realize the Spartan Superway, a sustainable transportation system of the future. The SMSSV team are inventing, developing, and demonstrating a new paradigm in sustainable urban public transportation: an automated, 100% solar-powered Personal Rapid Transport (PRT) system. The working model resembles gondola-like pods that glides under the bottom of a steel track suspended in the air. Solar panels on top power the system and excess energy is fed back into the electric grid.

The Spartan Superway grew out of an interdisciplinary project from San Jose State University headed by one of its former professors, Ron Swenson. Present mass transportation systems and personal mobility options are inadequate and becoming more and more unsustainable, especially in dense urban areas. The Spartan Superway presents economical, efficient, safe and sustainable solutions to traffic congestion, dependence on hydrocarbon fuels, excessive consumption of raw materials in automobile production and environmental degradation from greenhouse gas emissions. Working with an international team of engineers, computer scientists, industrial designers and solar power experts, SMSSV is advancing a solar-powered automated transportation network (ATN) system that will change the way we move—towards a sustainable future.

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