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Israel to test world's first hover cars

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With the aim to revolutionize public transport,
Israel is all set to build a network of elevated
hover cars. SkyTran, a NASA Space Act company,
will first build a 500m pilot loop on the campus of
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in central Israel,
followed by a commercial network in the city of
Tel Aviv.
The rapid transit system will consist of
lightweight two-person vehicles, suspended from
elevated magnetic tracks. The vehicles will be
fitted with a technology that would allow
commuters to order the car via their
smartphones. These cars would pick up
passengers at specific locations and then
transport them directly to their destination.
The test cars will have a maximum speed of 70
km/h (43 mph), but according to SkyTran, the
commercial rollout is expected to offer much
faster vehicles, potentially reaching speeds of up
to 240 km/h.
The first components of the network will be pre-
assembled at SkyTran's headquarters at the
NASA Research Park in California, while the rest
will be constructed locally. The pilot project is
expected to be up and running by the end of the
next year.


According to Joe Dignan, an independent smart
city expert, the system represents a hybrid
between existing infrastructure and autonomous
vehicles.
"It will get the market in the mood for
autonomous vehicles - it is not too scary, is
cheaper than building out a train line and uses
part of the urban landscape, 20 feet above
ground, that isn't currently used", he said.
SkyTran is also planning similar projects in other
countries, including India and the US, but those
will depend on the success of the pilot in Israel.



http://www.techspot.com/news/57224-israel-to-test-worlds-first-hover-cars.html
 
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so its like a magnetic mono rail? they should stop building walls and build this :)
 
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I live near IAI, and i've never seen a hovercar there. Then again, the entire complex is surrounded by barbed wire and armed guards...
 
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Top Gear already invented Hoover Van, so there's that... :D
 
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Read the article, it is not about hovercrafts but a sort of monorail thing.
 

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Isn't this just a Maglev? Which already exists?
Hover cars in the sense of not using magnets will never exist, they're horribly inefficient.
 
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Until carbon nanotube batteries are developed... Or portable fusion reactors, which, by the way, already exist, such as Philo Farnsworth's (the inventor of modern TV) fusor, but currently produce a minute amount of energy.