Innovation: Urbanloop, a versatile and sustainable transit system for the city
Behind the name Urbanloop are autonomous pods that can carry one or two passengers on light rail loops around buildings, city blocks or neighborhoods. These loops are interconnected by exchange stations where passengers only stop if it is their destination, thus ensuring a continuous speed throughout their journey.
This mode of sustainable transit, although public and shared, is similar to a personal vehicle. This ecological "mini-metro" runs on low-voltage rails, which require no heavy infrastructure and also eliminate problems relating to range, recycling and sourcing batteries. Urbanloop can be built above ground, like a tramway; semi-underground with a transparent roof; or completely underground, like a subway.
Nancy has dedicated a one-hectare area to testing Urbanloop, where it has rolled out two loops of 400 and 800 m, on which a pod achieved the world record for the lowest energy consumption per kilometer in May 2021.