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Hybrid strategic design consultancy Manyone has crafted a new train system that is supposedly "more efficient, more comfortable and more sustainable" than all forms of traditional travel. The new system is called the AeroSlider and the whole thing looks like something from a science-fiction movie.
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Floating in the air
Yes, you read that correctly. The novel train floats in the air, literally... It has no tracks, instead, it floats in the air through a series of 18 meters high magnetized loops. The train uses these loops to propel itself at speeds of more than 804 kilometers per hour (500 miles per hour).
And you may not know this, but these speeds are an airplane's average cruising speed which means that this train would offer the same speedy journeys. Manyone describes their invention as "a terrestrial yet rail-less passenger system connecting the most populous cities on the European, African and Asian continents."
Furthermore, Manyone claims the system can be "powered by localized energy sources" and has in place a system to reduce the train's energy demands. "The incorporation of helium reservoirs within the capsule reduces the effective weight by about 10%, reducing the energy necessary for its propulsion," according to the firm's website.
Ideal for long travels
Manyone has envisioned the AeroSlider to be ideal for long travels. The train is equipped with a "running track, open plaza area, restaurant, bars, gyms and multi-purpose rooms which can accommodate meetings and work when commuting."
In addition, the AeroSlider passenger cars are massive with a length of 250 meters, offering ultimate comfort for those on board.
If it works, the system could be giving Elon Musk's Hyperloop a run for its money. So far the billionaire's train system has "only" achieved speeds of 324 kilometers per hour using extra small cars.
Still, for now, AeroSlider remains nothing more than a concept, but an exciting one nonetheless.