The company is funding a user-powered transportation system as a way to explore innovation in public transit.

Shweeb is a transportation project that has come out of Google’s Project 10100 program, where Google solicits and supports ideas that change the world by helping as many people as possible. The monorail-based system is cycle-powered, bringing riders around a prototype track that’s currently being tested in New Zealand. The pod-like enclosures have been designed to reduce draft and fatigue, allowing riders to transport themselves along a route at up to 45 km/hr. Along with four other submissions to Project 10100, Google has selected Shweeb to be funded with just over $1 million as a way to explore innovation in public transport. According to their website, Shweeb will soon announce the location where they will build the first transit Shweeb for public use.

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