Human Powered Monorail: Future Transportation Already Here

Back in September I reported that Google had chosen its 5 Project 10 to the 100 winners, one of those was Shweeb. The New Zealand company was awarded $1 million to further its “Human Powered Monorail”, which looks set to become the future of public transportation.

So what is Shweeb I hear you ask? Well as Beth Buczynsk from Crisp Green puts it, it’s like a “space-age transportation device.” You can see by the images on their website that it combines cycle technology with the monorail system.

Such a device is already in use at theme-park in new Zealand, but the idea is to bring it to cities. The system will allow you to propel yourself at speeds of up to 28mph) (45kph).

The cycle device inside the pod has seven gears and has solid wheels to reduce rolling resistance. There is to also be an electric motor that will kick in when you have to go up an incline – making it easy for even the unhealthy of us.

Do you think that this is the future of local transportation?

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