On-Demand Subway Car Takes Riders To Their Destination Without Stops

On-Demand Subway Car Takes Riders To Their Destination Without Stops

The Vectus Personal Rapid Transit system from Pininfarina Extra features electric, lightweight transportation for up to 6 people.

Emma Hutchings
  • 26 june 2012

The Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system from Pininfarina Extra features lightweight electric vehicles, similar to subway cars, designed for South Korean transportation company Vectus. Users ‘call’ for them like a taxi if they aren’t already at the station and tell them where they want to go. Then up to six passengers can ride to their destination on the elevated rail without any unnecessary stops.

On-Demand Subway Car Takes Riders To Their Destination Without Stops

This innovation in travel makes getting from point A to point B more efficient. PRT offers the comfort and privacy of automobiles, lower operating costs due to their driverless and energy-efficient operation, lower external noise levels, and high performance in snow and ice.

On-Demand Subway Car Takes Riders To Their Destination Without Stops

If a vehicle breaks down, another PRT can push it to the next station for repairs. Journeys are quicker than going by bus or train due to the higher average speed, the short (or no) waiting times, and the non-stop travel. This system is currently used in Sweden and soon in South Korea, and the next step for the company is to create larger cars for travel groups. Watch the video below to learn more about the transport system:

Vectus PRT


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