Runs on Rails or Roads
Japanese rail firm JR Hokkaido is on the edge to run its dual-mode bus and rail vehicle. They will begin their testing in April 2007 and according to Giz Magazine, â€œpreliminary trials suggest the vehicle's fuel cost is about a quarter of a diesel vehicle, and maintenance cost about one-eighth, while offering the flexibility to extend railed systems.â€ The Autotram concept will measure 36 meters long and can load as many passengers as a streetcar. One of its features is its â€œflywheel energy storage system that facilitates a regenerative braking system and signficiantly cuts operating costs.â€ Its concept is to run on train tracks and drive on the road
1. Dual-mode Vehicles - The development of dual-mode vehicles that can operate on both rails and roads presents disruptive innovation opportunities for the transportation industry.
2. Energy Efficient Transportation - The use of innovative technologies such as flywheel energy storage systems in vehicles like the Dual Mode AutoTram creates opportunities for disruptive innovation in the energy and transportation sectors.
3. Integrated Public Transit Systems - The integration of rail and road systems through vehicles like the Dual Mode AutoTram opens up possibilities for disruptive innovation in the urban transportation industry.
1. Transportation - The transportation industry can benefit from the development of dual-mode vehicles like the Dual Mode AutoTram, which offers cost savings and increased flexibility in both rail and road operations.
2. Energy - The energy industry can explore opportunities in the development and implementation of innovative energy storage systems, such as the flywheel energy storage system used in the Dual Mode AutoTram.
3. Urban Planning - The integration of rail and road systems through vehicles like the Dual Mode AutoTram presents opportunities for disruptive innovation in urban planning, particularly in creating more efficient and integrated public transit systems.