10 Aug '11, 10am
Automated Battery Cars Replace Buses at Heathrow Airport ...: ULTra PRT (urban light transport - personal rapid
Potential PRT systems are being studied as replacements for transit systems throughout the world . At Heathrow, there is a study to continue the system into the central terminal to relieve congestion . Buses and trains can operate very efficiently when full during rush hours. During off-peak hours it would be more economical to operate smaller vehicles, but capital costs would rise with multiple vehicle types, some of which would always be idle. By operating closer together than vehicle traffic, a PRT system can make up for the size of the cars. It may also eventually be possible to operate the units on wireless transmitted power for an unlimited range and no charging times. For now, though, you have to go to Heathrow terminal 5 to catch a ride on the world’s first operating PRT system.