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Conceiving a new alternative for  mobility!

We invite you to know our project and join us in the effort of changing the way we move.

Solar powered

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Autonomous

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Elevated

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Personal rapid

transit

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Today, specially in cities with high levels of solar radiation, there is no reason why photovoltaic energy doesn't become the main source of power for every human endeavor. 

Autonomous vehicles free time for 

passengers to focus their attention on whatever they need or want away from the road.

A system that allows urban mobility to take place way above street level, helps lessen congestion, accidents and returns city spaces to pedestrians.  

A way to travel in the most efficient and comfortable manner possible with most of a car's advantages and none of its hassles.

The Solar skyway project is a long-term, international research initiative to design, develop and eventually implement solar powered automated rapid transit elevated network systems adaptable to different environments.

The Solar Skyways System is a new paradigm in public transportation that will change the way people and goods move in many different contexts. We strive to make our system as affordable as possible, which means that it we are a viable option especially in developing countries where traditional modes of transportation do not offer real solutions to their mobility problems. In the near future, all forms of public transportation will be automated to reduce costs, improve reliability, and increase convenience for users, and Solar Skyways is already on the way.

Initial vision

As the world recognizes the importance of transforming our current private vehicle-based urban mobility, we are developing an entirely new paradigm that addresses all the pressing challenges countries currently face to achieve a more sustainable and efficient future.

Because our project is so large and complex, we need a well-coordinated, multidisciplinary effort to manage the high level of complex interactions that must be balanced to make it a viable option for all stakeholders and a real solution to many mobility problems.

For this reason, we have broken our work into smaller, more manageable pieces and are currently focused on developing three priority components:

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Core components

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Inteletrack

The heart of our project is our engineering team that is currently developing the power car that will move our transportation pods throughout our network.

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Guideway section

 

Much of the versatility of our system relies upon the modularity of our components.

Our engineers are currently developing the guideway in which the whole system will run. 

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Autonomous control & Navigation system

The brain of our system is the specialized software and hardware that will control all of the operations of the system that will allow people and goods move from point A to point B in the most efficient and comfortable way.

 

System versatility

Two concepts have guided our research and design process: Simplicity and Adaptability.

We have explored various scenarios in which our system could be an effective, environmentally friendly, and affordable alternative.

Here we present some of these scenarios to show how the Solar skyways system can be adapted to very different needs.

Industrial

Parks

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University campus

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Vulnearble areas

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Airports

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Corporate 

Headquartes

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Informal

settlements

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Ecotourism

Mining 

operations

Core research team

"The current transit paradigm is tired and in need of radical, not incremental, improvement. The Skyway is that improvement. It is now time for institutions and individuals who are really serious about sustainability, climate change, breaking our addiction to petroleum, and improving the quality of life in urban areas to step up and support this work."
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Burford Furman PhD

Principal Investigator

Mechanical Engineering

San Jose state University

"We have only one place left to go, and that is to question the unquestioned urban configuration of machines and humans competing on the same plane, terra firma. Put people and 2-tonne machines in the same place, and the machines will win."
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Ron Swenson

Head of  the International Institute of sustainable transportation

"We want to provide an affordable alternative to people to move around their city in the most efficient, sustainable and enjoyable way and become a global leader and mentor in the mobility innovation sector."
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Jorge Rodriguez

Product Designer, RODZ+

Our collaborators

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FAQ
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FAQ

  • What is an ATN?
    The Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) has provided a widely accepted description of the basic concepts of Automated Transit Networks (ATN) (ATRA, 2003): 1. Direct origin-to-destination service with no need to transfer or stop at intermediate stations 2. Small vehicles available for the exclusive use of an individual or small group traveling together by choice 3. Service available on demand by the user rather than on fixed schedules 4. Fully automated vehicles (no human drivers) that can be available for use 24 hours a day, seven days a week 5. Vehicles captive to a guideway that is reserved for their exclusive use 6. Small (narrow and light relative to LRT and BRT) guideways usually elevated but also at or near ground level or underground 7. Vehicles able to use all guideways and stations on a fully connected network
  • Why use photovoltaic energy?
    Una sección de FAQ (Preguntas frecuentes) sirve para responder rápidamente preguntas comunes sobre tu negocio como '¿Cuáles son tus horarios?', '¿A dónde hacéis envíos?' o '¿Cómo puedo hacer una reserva?' Las preguntas frecuewntes son un buen modo para ayudar a la gente a navegar en tu sitio e incluso pueden ayudarte a mejorar el SEO de tu sitio.
  • Why an elevated system?
    Grade seaparation Improved safety Reduced noise (no train horns) Decrease in traffic congestion Reduction in GHG emissions from idling vehicles Improved train operations reliability
  • ¿Cómo agrego una nueva pregunta y respuesta?
    Para agregar una nueva pregunta, sigue estos pasos: Haz clic en el botón de Administrar preguntas frecuentes Desde el panel de control de tu sitio haz clic en 'Agregar' y luego elige la opción de 'Preguntas y respuestas' Cada nueva pregunta debe ser asignada a una categoría Guarda y publica Siempre puedes editar tus preguntas frecuentes, reordenarlas y seleccionar otras categorías.
  • ¿Puede insertar una imagen, video o gif a mis preguntas frecuentes?
    Sí. Para agregar contenido multimedia, sigue estos pasos: Entra en las opciones de la app Haz click en Administrar preguntas frecuentes Crea o elige la pregunta a la que quieres agregar contenido multimedia Cuando edites tu respuesta, haz clic en el icono de imagen, video o gif Agrega el contenido desde tu libreria y guarda los cambios.
  • ¿Cómo puede editar o quitar el título de las preguntas frecuentes?
    Puedes editar el título desde la pestaña de opciones en la app. Si no quieres mostrar el título, desactiva la opción desde 'Información a mostrar'.
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