- Product Design: Vehicles hanging from overhead rails (wheels-up vs. wheels-down) employs superior physics to reduce pod weight and energy consumption, increase ride stability and safety, and solve congestion issues in cities.
- System Patent: Patent #6,810,817 was issued in 2004 and defines how independently computer controlled vehicles can talk to each other, make decisions together and behave intelligently to move physical packets (PodCars) in a distributed collaborative network. Currently, about 50 additional patents have been researched and identified by JPods.
- Management Track Record: A strong team leads the company with an outstanding track record in leading manufacturing, logistics, process controls, power generation and high tech companies.
- Scalability: Rapid deployment of the PRT networks would be achieved by a combination of the leadership, management expertise and networks of JPods and our allies. In particular, JPods holds the patent/technology and manufacturing knowledge/experience.
Major Benefits of JPods System
- Provides a Renewable Energy Transportation System & Reduces Oil Dependency: JPods can be a solar-powered PRT. Solar panels on the top of the overhead track provide electricity to the rail and backup battery in the pods. A 2.3 mile solar network is expected to produce a 2MW facility capable of powering 50,000 vehicle-miles of transportation per day.
- Increases Energy Efficiency: PRT networks use about 85% less energy than vehicles using fossil fuels because:
JPods PRT design is estimated to utilize about 127 watt-hours per passenger mile versus 900Wh for trains, 1,033Wh for cars, and 1,246Wh for buses.
- ultra-light and ergonomically designed vehicles need less energy to move
- it is non-stop and eliminates repetitive applications of power in start-stop traffic
- average travel speed is higher and peak speeds are lower than other modes of transportation; therefore, less energy is expended combating wind resistance
- Creates Green Jobs: Engineers, designers, manufacturers and contractors will be needed to deploy the JPods networks.
- Low Cost: JPods PRT networks are expected to cost on average $10M per mile to build for the network costs. The low vehicle weight radically cuts operating and maintenance costs ($0.06 per mile vs. $0.56 per mile costs for cars). Per mile cost to build light rail are typically in excess of $40M.
- Provides Economic Benefits: Increases disposable income by decreasing transportation costs for the general public, reduces government subsidies via financially self sustaining networks, and increases system revenues by potentially moving freight and waste as well as people.
- Better Performance: Without repetitive start-stops, PRT provides a faster and more efficient transportation system with average speeds of 30 mph for JPods, as compared to 24 mph for cars, 18 mph for trains, and 8-12 mph for buses for similar service requirements.
- Reduces Congestion: The small real estate footprint, grade separation, rail stacking, separate and additional networks to existing infrastructure, and computerized route optimization minimize ground congestion issues.
- Reduces Pollution: JPods PRT utilizes a solar renewable energy system that eliminates harmful CO2 emissions. Rubber tires on concrete or steel rails, as well as low weight and speed produce less noise and vibration.
- Increases Safety & Time Savings: Existing networks have low injury rates primarily due to slower maximum speeds as well as one directional movement and limited opportunity for collisions. Morgantown PRT has delivered 110 million injury-free and onsite emissions-free passenger miles.
- Provides Flexible Transportation: PRT guideways can be laid out in a network or grid (as well as point to point), and there is more than one route connecting an origin and destination. Therefore, service can be maintained when a single guideway is out of service. Stations and guideways can be above ground and mitigate ground transportation issues.
- Provides High Quality Service: Provides high quality on-demand, customized service comparable to chauffeured cars (at a fraction of the cost). A high level/frequency of service addresses variable and distributed demands with vehicle utilization tailored to real time demand. The system delivers service as-needed while maintaining service quality at reduced overall cost.
- Increases the Value of Existing Transit Networks: PRT inexpensively connects the short gaps between existing transit infrastructure; connecting airports to trains, trains to buses, and many people to their ultimate destination. The Prime Law of Networks is that the value of the network increases exponentially based on the number of interconnected nodes.