A driverless ‘’electromagnetic levitation’’ monorail could soon be transporting passengers at 150km per hour after a key deal was struck.
German construction technology firm Max Bögl signed an agreement with Chinese civils products giant Chengdu Xinzhu Road & Bridge Machinery Co (Xinzhu) over the Transport System Bögl.
The deal will see construction of a 3.5km trial stretch of the maglev system in Chengdu.
Xinzhu will be exclusively responsible for marketing and production of the Transport System Bögl in China and aims to create “numerous lines” according to Max Bögl.
“We are delighted that this collaboration enables us to enter the Chinese market,” said the German firm’s chief executive Stefan Bögl.
“With our new technology, we have a very attractive, environmentally friendly and – most importantly – cost-effective offering for the rising rates of mobility in big cities.”
Max Bögl has been developing the transport system for several years at its headquarters in the Bavarian town of Sengenthal. Local approvals procedures are underway following trials on an 820m-long test line.
The system is designed for local passenger transport with lines up to 30km long and speeds reaching 150km per hour. A train would consist of at least two 12m-long sections, each holding up to 127 passengers.
A dedicated website for the technology boasts that it would be flexible, punctual, reliable, quiet and “represent the maximum in customer comfort”.
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