N.J. to test solar-powered commuter pods

Posted on September 2, 2014

SECAUCUS, N.J. — A new form of public transportation, JPods, soon to be tested in New Jersey is likened "something out of the Jetsons." JPod's concept is to design, build and operate on-demand and computerized PRT networks that can be solar-powered, Fast Company reported.

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The pods essentially operate as mini, personal trains. They travel point-to-point along the rail network to the destination you input via an interactive touch screen. With more stations and switch points than a commuter rail or subway network, JPods can get a traveler much closer to their intended destination than mass transit, according to the report.

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The company, which intends to build a privately funded mobility network in Secaucus to demonstrate its cost effectiveness, plans to deploy networks of Horizontal-Elevators™ that provide short to medium range travel using ultra-light, computer controlled vehicles that are suspended from rail, mounted on elevated structures.

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