"The High Tech Solution for Urban Transportation"
Reasons for Technology Change:
All transit vehicles have only 3 axes; length, height and width. Designers have designed vehicles longer and doubledecked
their designs higher to increase passenger capacity. But until now, no company has addressed width as an asset to increase
payloads. And, characteristically, ALL transit vehicles are limited to a maximum 9' (2.74m) width. ALL
current transportation vehicles use the "rectangle" as its lateral (width) axis force/support form with the
vehicles' Center of Gravity (CG) "framed" inside the wheels; contained inside the 9' (2.74m) "box" (rectangle).
What if "out-of-the-box" thinking was incorporated? What if the vehicle's lateral axis force/support rectangle
design was erased and a triangle force/support design was established? What if, with the triangle design, the vehicle
is cantilevered and the CG is positioned outside the vehicle's (wheels) points of contact...and those points of contact were perpendicular
forces (no unnecessary wheel side loading or friction)? What if FasTran's "two wheel surface" vehicle had
a simple, fast switch?
Assisted Design, as illustrated on this page, is an example of “CAD” work performed by two universities over
five semesters using SolidWorks
and Pro E software. Scientific soundness and technical feasibility were proved successful and no major or minor
flaws were found from either study. (Further information on the
NASA grant and the two university's studies is available upon request.)