• Short Summary

    A REVOLUTIONARY "FLYING BUS" SUSPENDED BY AIR SUCTION FROM A RAISED ALUMINUM RAIL POWERED BY A LINEAR ELECTRIC MOTOR, WAS GIVEN ITS FIRST PUBLIC DEMONSTRATION IN LYONS, FRANCE ON THURSDAY (7 MARCH).

  • Description

    A REVOLUTIONARY "FLYING BUS" SUSPENDED BY AIR SUCTION FROM A RAISED ALUMINUM RAIL POWERED BY A LINEAR ELECTRIC MOTOR, WAS GIVEN ITS FIRST PUBLIC DEMONSTRATION IN LYONS, FRANCE ON THURSDAY (7 MARCH).

    THE "URBAN TRANSPORT COACH" IS BUILT BY A LYONS FIRM IN COLLABORATION WITH MEMBERS OF GRENOBLE UNIVERSITY. THE FIRM HOPES TO HAVE THE COACH IN COMMERCIAL PRODUCTION WITHIN TWO YEARS - AIDED BY FRENCH FINANCE. MUCH OF THE PRELIMINARY RESEARCH INTO ITS MEANS OF PROPULSION WAS DONE IN BRITAIN THOUGH - BY PROFESSOR ERIC LAITHWAITE OF MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY.

    THE LIGHT-WEIGHT COACHES ARE PROPELLED BY A LINEAR ENGINE, A DEVICE WHICH RELIES UPON MAGNETIC IMPULSES BETWEEN THE ENGINE AND THE RAIL, AND DISPENSES WITH BEARINGS AND OTHER MOVING PARTS. IT IS ALMOST NOISELESS TOO, MAKING IT DEAL FOR URBAN TRAVEL.

    BECAUSE OF THE AIR SUSPENSION, MOVEMENT IS MADE STILL EASIER, WITH FRICTIONLESS TRAVEL AT SPEEDS OF UP TO 250 M. P. H. (400 K. P. H.). NOR CAN THE RAIL BECOME CLOGGED WITH ICE, SNOW OR LEAVES. AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE RAIL SUPPORTS WILL BE CHEAP BECAUSE THE ALUMINUM URBA WEIGHS LESS THAN HALF THE AVERAGE UNDERGROUND TRAIN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAD8WK5WHKHKFISWGCY9M0H49BV
    Media URN:
    VLVAD8WK5WHKHKFISWGCY9M0H49BV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/03/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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