GTS - A Foundational Breakthrough for Mobility
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We have submitted an application for inventing a novel and sustainable general solution to almost all our mobility and freight. The application is addressed to the EU Horizon 2020 research Call FET Open - Future and Emerging Technologies (open to any groundbreaking and competely new concept).
The application is made by a consortium involving around 40 researchers, engineers, architects, transport analysts and designers from 5 EU countries comprising a budget of 4 M€. The evaluation period will end in February 2016. In case of acceptance of the application the first invention period will last two years until spring 2018.
At this homepage we will inform about our concept and the proceedings of the evaluation. If you have questions please don´t hesitate to address them to us - see addresses under Contact and CV.
The GTS concept combines technological breakthrough with a full-fledged general functionality that neither conventional transport technologies nor any other presented frontier technology embrace.
If you were to design an entirely new land transport system for all our mobility, would you end up with cars and trains? Transportation of people and goods consumes much time and energy, causing pollution, safety hazards and congestion. When road and rail systems were conceived, only vague ideas of the future demands were available. In spite of extensive refinements in detail, they still suffer from inherent shortcomings. It is increasingly impossible for them to meet social, economic, sustainable and safety requirements in one nutshell. The time has come for a paradigm shift.
We propose a General Transport System (GTS). GTS will reshape and liberate our transport landscape, just as the Internet has changed the global flow of information; but now for individual, mass and cargo transport, over all distances. Market development of GTS starts by local networks giving people a new freedom of mobility "24/7". GTS strives for an optimal mix of many fundamental aspects of transport, like infrastructure, propulsion, cabins, control and social function. GTS is available on demand and, like the Internet, better customized so that what we want, is available when we want it.
One of the GTS targets is to reduce both travel time and cost by half. This increased effectiveness will generate an economic boom, comparable to that occurring when trains replaced canals or when cars replaced horses. Another impact will be a greatly reduced number of fatalities, injuries and material damage arising from transport accidents. GTS will promote safety standards and eliminate the traffic emissions, noise, and other drawbacks associated with Conventional Transport Systems (CTS).
The GTS concept consists of an advanced “shuttle” – a drive sled – running inside an elevated guideway. The drive sled is levitated, propelled, braked and switched magnetically, avoiding the maintenance and friction dependancy of wheel-rail or wheel-road based systems.
GTS cabins are suspended under the drive sled. Cabins can be automatically disconnected from the drive sled and some will have self driving capability, enabling e.g. dual-mode GTS road vehicles. Travelling from A to B can be achieved without interchange, and the travel time becomes value time, not wasted time. Also compact road cars can be transported in carriers designed for this purpose. Drive sleds can be coupled and uncoupled at speed, platooning the cabins into “trains.” This greatly enhances the system capacity to levels, today achieved only by subways. Platooned vehicles also exhibit a low air resistance, allowing a high top speed.