Tel Aviv is set to build and test drive an elevated network of hover cars, which could help ease congested roads.
Hover car project
The hover car system will be built at the campus of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). It will be constructed by a transport company, called skyTran.
The company said the two-man vehicles will be lightweight and suspended from the elevated 500-meter magnetic track.
skyTran hopes the test drive will prove that hover cars work and become an alternative transport method.
Provided that the test is successful, the system could be launched commercially through Tel Aviv in future years.
The technology highlights “a hybrid between existing infrastructure and autonomous vehicles,” said Joe Dignan, an independent smart city expert. “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.”