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Click: Introduction to
LeviCar™/RoboTrail™
Competition & Critiques
Antecedents & Allies Documents
Guide
Guide
E-mail
E‑Mail
Newsletter
Newsletter
Information on my Date Displayer, T.A.R.D.D.I.S. (Time And Relative Date Display Information Software)
Test Sampler: Today is Mon., August 19
Antecedents & Allies
MagLev2000 (Danby-Powell)
Gordon T. Danby, Ph.D.
James R. Powell, Ph.D.
Books:
Fight for Maglev (book)  
Fight for Maglev (2012)
Maglev America (book)  
Maglev America (2013)
Silent Earth (book)  
Silent Earth (2016)
Conference Paper:  Energy Efficiency and Economics of Maglev Transport (pdf 22pp 1½MB), Stony Brook, NY  2008
Slides (pdf 18pp 3½MB)
Logo of the Advanced Energy Research & Technology Center
  Diagram from the Talk
Jesse Powell talks history of MagLev,  2016 March 16 (49:21)
  Diagram Showing Problems with Hyperloop
… and how this impacts Hyperloop,  2018 July 24 (33:59)
  168.08
DoE document: How Maglev Works,  2016 June 14
(Based on a version of Danby & Powell First‑Generation MagLev)
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Maglev Trains with Ernest Fazio – Enviro Close‑Up with Karl Grossman (28:00)
broadcast 2019 February 23; 4:00 pm EST
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MagneticGlide – Interstate MagLev Project
MagneticGlide – Interstate MagLev Project

Welcome Page

Video (5:40)

Older Videos: (7:51); (1:54)
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Readiness Resource Group
Readiness Resource Group
Energy and Transport Solutions
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SUMMIT
Superconducting Maglev Multi Integrated Testing Facility
(proposed for construction in Nevada)
Proposed Nevada Test Facility
for building and testing MagLev systems for passenger and freight transportation, energy storage, and water transport.
Slides
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Maglev Strategies
Maglev Strategies
“…premium maglev consulting…”
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Jim Powell’s Space-MagLev Launcher

StarTram illustration
Wikipedia Article
Ecomodernist Space
Ecomodernist: Space – Audio Podcast with Dr. Powell; plus futurist Isaac Arthur; and former astronaut Dr. Franklin Chang Diaz, now CEO of a rocket company
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More books by James R. Powell
7 Big Projects for a Better World (book)
7 Big Projects for a Better World: Can We Avoid Extinction?
Spaceship Earth: How Long Before We Crash? (book)
Spaceship Earth: How Long Before We Crash?
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THE Revolutionary Dualmode Transportation System by Francis D. Reynolds, PE
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Magic Highway USA, Disney, 1958  (Animated, with intro. by Walt Disney himself  9:03)
Magic Highway (partial)
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Protean In-Wheel Motor
Protean
Pioneering In‑Wheel Motors

Technical Overview

Latest Thinking

Contact
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First-ever Modular Electric Car
by Ferdinand Porsche (1898)
Porsche-P1

Associations
A More Complete List is available at

Associations   PROACCTIVE
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Plug In America
“Battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles for the public to drive today.”
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Go Electric Drive
Electric Drive’s Consumer Website
Electric Drive’s Consumer Website
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Electric Auto Association
Electric Auto Association
“Promoting Electric Vehicles Since 1967”
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International Energy Agency
Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Technology Collaboration Programme
Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Technology Collaboration Programme
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Electric Mobility Canada
Electric Mobility Canada
Accelerating Electric Transportation
Events
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International Maglev Board
Conferences
International Maglev Board

Energy and Environment
Rocky Mountain Institute
Reinventing Fire
“… to create a clean, prosperous, and secure … future.”
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Center for Sustainable Energy
“Accelerting the Transition to a Sustainable World Powered by Clean Energy”
Center for Sustainable Energy
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Blue-Green alliance
“Good Jobs, Clean Environment, Green Economy”

PRT / Pods Associations
Advance Transit Association

“Leveraging advanced transit to improve mobility”
Advance Transit Association
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PodCar.org / Harris Blvd.
PodCar.org

“New frontiers of mobility in the digital age.”
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PodCarCity.org
“Innovative Mobility in the Era of Automation.”

Monorails
Monorail Society
The Monorail Society

“This unique method of transportation is NOT just for theme parks and zoos!”
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International Monorail Association

“The interest in monorails continues at an all time high”
International Monorail Association

Conventional High-Speed Rail
BiModal Glideway (detail)
US High-Speed-Rail Association
“21st Century Transportation for America”

“Academics”
List of Educational and Research Institutions is at

Educational & Research Institutions   PROACCTIVE

Blogs & Bulletins
@EVisioneer – Bill Moore’s Twitter Feed

LinkedIn
EVisioneer Cap
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2GreenEnergy
2GreenEnergy.com
Clean-Energy Investment Opportunities
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“Cleaner Greener Driving”
Green Car Reports
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Electric Cars UK
Electric Cars UK
“… the definitive electric car website.”
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Electric Cars Report
“Charge the Future”
Electric Cars Report
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Transport Evolved
Informational website from the UK
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Hybrid Cars
HybridCars
Buying guide for Hybrid & Electric Cars
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Important Media
“You, your health, and the health of our world”
Important Media
EV Obsession
EVObsession
“… a future that’s combustion‑free.”
“Bridging the gap between gear heads and green heads.”
Gas2 Blog
Cleantech News
Cleantech News
Solar – Wind – EV
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EcoModernist Podcasts
“nursing Earth back to health”
Ecomodernist Podcast
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NewAtlas
“Extraordinary ideas moving the world forward.”
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GreenLivingGuy
Green living expert, living green magazine, tips
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Writings of Edson Farnell

Everything Drivers Need to Know About Hybrid Vehicles
PartsGeek

Competition & Critiques
Transparent view of Hyperloop – Thanks to NBC News
LeviCar’s Critique of Elon Musk’s Hyperloop
Open Letter to Elon Musk — 2013 Sept. 30
Original Concept — Hyperloop Alpha (pdf 58pp)
Current Hyperloop Pod-Contest Page
DoT News Report: Exploring the Landscape for Hyperloop Travel
Full Report: Hyperloop Commercial Feasibility Analysis
High Level Overview
Prepared by NASA for Volpe Center (DoT)    (pdf 47pp)
Reports from 2017
“Is Hyperloop more than just loopy hype?”
“Hyperloop, or Hyper Hype?”
“The Biggest Challenges That Stand in the Way of Hyperloop”
Videos with Background Info. on Hyperloop
Pneumatic and other Fast Trains,  2018 April 8 (10:49)
Hyperloop Explained,  2018 July 11 (11:54)
The Biggest Problem With Hyperloop – Why It Will Fail Hard,  2019 January 12 (16:22)
The grandaddy of the Hyperloop Vehicle, from 1964
Dobson Air-Dart
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ET3
ET3Evacuated Tube Transportation Technologies
“Space Travel on Earth”
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ET3 vs. Hyperloop
➀ Who Needs Hyperloop?
This Guy Is Building Something Bigger
➁ Vacuum trains: a high-speed pipe dream?
➂ Vactrain (Wikipedia Article)

PRT (Personal Rapid Transit)
aka ATN (Automatic Transportation Networks)
skyTran
High-Speed, Low-Cost, Green, Elevated, Personal Rapid Transit
News from Israel
News from Arabia
Additional videos
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Urban Maglev by General Atomics
GA Urban MagLev
… faster, cleaner means of passenger transport in local communities and urban areas.
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MonoCab VRT Rapid Transit System (Australia)
“The FUTURE of Public Transport”
Mass Tram illustration
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JPods
JPods
“Sustainable Infrastructure”
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2GetThere
“Realizing Sustainable Mobility”
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BeamWays
BeamWays
“PRT combines the advantages of the car with those of transit”
Flyer (.pdf)
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LevPods Individual Transit System (LITS)
LevPods
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Magnovate
Magnovate
…helping lead the next generation of changes in transportation.

Tracked Personal Vehicles
TEV project logo
The transportation model for the 21st century
TEV project
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BiModal Glideway (detail)
BiModal Glideway
Solves Traffic Jams, Pollution, and Minimizes Oil Dependency.

… other Long-Distance Systems
Mass Tram America
(Inhabitat Magazine article)
Mass Tram illustration
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Interstate Traveler
Interstate Traveler
Building the World Wide Hydrogen Super Highway…

Government Projects
Federal High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) Program
HSIPR Map
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California High-Speed Rail Authority

Established Foreign Systems
JR-Central Logo
Central Japan Railway Company
Bullet Trains and Magnetic Levitation
The NorthEast Maglev (TNEM)
Advocates for Japanese System in the North-East Corridor
The NorthEast Maglev (TNEM)
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Transrapid Logo
Transrapid
Fixed-Electromagnet Magnetic Levitation

Oliver Cromwell What others are saying about LeviCar
Warts and all
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Comments on the LeviCar Proposal and Related Issues by Francis D. Reynolds, PE
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The International Maglevboard e.V.
(This webpage also has discussions on Hyperloop, Danby-Powell MagLev, and other advanced transportation proposals)

Other Lists of Advanced-Transportation Systems
Other Cool Ideas (by the TEV Project)
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Wikigrain — Bouchard Transportation

Documents
Josh Levin’s Blogs on EV World: EVWorld Logo

MagLev Vs Hyperloop

MagLev vs. Hyperloop — Technical Discussion

hexOgrid Transportation Network

How the Tragedy in the Bronx Would Not Have Happened with MagLev

Photo-Blog: New York Auto Show 2014

List of all Dr. Levin’s EVWorld blogs.

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Explanation of LeviCar’s Hexagrammoid Grid
Sample hexOgrid map of NJ
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Sci-Am 20 World-Changing Ideas
LeviCar’s entry into Scientific American’s World-Changing Ideas (WCI) contest (Video 4:59)

Original Scientific American article that inspired LeviCar (pdf 10pp)
Related article by one of the Sci-Am authors
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LeviCar’s Poster Presentation at WEEC, the World Energy Engineering Congress, 2009 Nov. 5
WEEC Logo
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EVWorld Logo The first published article about LeviCar:  “The Perfect Synthesis”  EV World, 2004 September 13.
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The MagLev Vacation — Read the engaging story of one of the first families to use LeviCar to go on a Florida vacation in the year 2017.
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Four Planets
“Press Releases” based on the “Four Planets”

Extras
Motivational-Quotes Page
Photo Montage of Some People who are Quoted

Today's Quote: “I once met an economist who believed that everything was fungible for money, so I suggested he enclose himself in a large bell-jar with as much money as he wanted and see how long he lasted.”
    — Amory Bloch Lovins, American environmentalist (1947–   )
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Invent the Future Contest
LeviCar’s entry in Tech Brief’s Invent the Future Contest: The Future of MagLev: How the Magnetic-Levitation Turnpike will Revolutionize Ground Transportation
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“Original” LeviCar Web Page
Old Car

Older DoT reports on the Future of Transportation
Obama-era reports that had been subject to public comment
Beyond Traffic 2045
Beyond Traffic 2045
Five-year Transit Research Plan

Events & Expositions  (North America only)
A More Complete List is available at

PROACCTIVE   Upcoming Events
Click here for fuller descriptions in my blog
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Registration and information
Tesla Tech Art Camp
Discover the connections between art and technology!  … encourage students to take thoughtful risks as we explore the Design Thinking process.  (Click here for Flyer.)
Limited to no more than 15 students, 10 – 18 years of age.

Fee: $500 for all five days, including all materials.  Daily rate: $100.  Sibling discount avail.
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“Tower to the People” Screening + Director Q&A
… the award-winning film Tower to the People [followed by] a thought-provoking Q&A with director Joseph Sikorski.
Tickets, $55 full‑price, $50 Students/Seniors, Members get additional discount.
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TRB Free Webinar: The Research in Progress (RiP) Database: Entering Projects and Searching Records – presented by Janet Daly (right), moderated by Elaine Ferrell (left).

			<div align=right>TRB Free Webinar:</b> The Research in Progress (RiP) Database: Entering Projects and Searching Records – <i>presented by Janet Daly (right), moderated by Elaine Ferrell (left).</i></div>
CONTACT:   Reggie Gillum  
Mandatory Free Registration (login required)
Last year’s presentation
Last Years’ Guide to RiP Database (.pdf 21 pp.)
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An Electric Idea: Nikola Tesla’s New York Laboratory<br/></b><i>presented by </i>Marc Alessi<i>, Executive Director of TSCW</i>
An Electric Idea: Nikola Tesla’s New York Laboratory
presented by Marc Alessi, Executive Director of TSCW
Directions
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Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo
Colocated with next event
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Registration
Exhibitors’ info
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The Battery Show<br/></b><font size=2><i>Colocated with previous event</i></font>
The Battery Show
Colocated with previous event
Registration
Exhibitors’ info
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National Drive Electric Week
2018 Events
2019 Events
Volunteer to Organize an Event
Learn about Hosting an Event
Sponsorship
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Volpe Speaker Series (free webinars)
2019: “Our New Mobility Future” Thought Leadership Series
U.S. Army General Stephen R. Lyons, U.S. Transportation Command
Volpe Series information
Upcoming Volpe Webinars
Mandatory Free Registration
Registration Information
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Volpe Speaker Series (free webinars)
2019: “Our New Mobility Future” Thought Leadership Series
Sarah Kaufman, Associate Director/Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, NYU
Click here for series information (above)
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Volpe Speaker Series (free webinars)
2019: “Our New Mobility Future” Thought Leadership Series
<i>Redefining Mobility</i><br/>Randell H. Iwasaki, Executive Director, Contra Costa, CA, Transportation Authority
Click here for series information (above)
AltCar Conference, Expo, and Ride & Drive
Expo free after 2 pm
Ride And Drive free after 2 pm
Join Mailing List
Series link
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Jalon Mobility Awards
Contact:   Jean-François Tremblay  
Call for Applications:  Application Forms due Fri, Aug. 30
Submission Page
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SAE 2020 World Congress Experience
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Montreal Electric Vehicle Show (Electric and Plug‑In Hybrid Vehicle Show)
Montreal Electric Vehicle Show (Electric and Plug‑In Hybrid Vehicle Show)
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Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo
Expo: Tu‑W, May 12‑13
2020 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo (ITEC)
2020 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo (ITEC)
Sign up for updates

Paean to Nikola Tesla
Young Tesla in Wikipedia
Nikola Tesla (1856–1943)
The Movie
(Trailer; Vimeo 4:35)
Tesla’s Tower
Oatmeal Portrait of Tesla
The Man
The Motorcar
Oatmeal picture of Tesla Sedan
The Manifesto
The Wonder World to be Created by Electricity (1915)
 . . . and Musk
Musk Cartoon
TSC Logo
The Museum
(Newsletter)
(List of older newsletters)
(Photos and Videos)
plus Mark Twain
Twain at Tesla's Lab
Many thanks to Matthew Inman and The Oatmeal, for publicizing Nikola Tesla, initiating the effort to save his laboratory as a museum, and for getting Elon Musk to donate One Million Dollars.  (You can help, too!) Oatmeal Logo for Tesla Museum
Membership Levels:  Family $35   Individual $25   Senior/Student $15   Corporate $300 
Plaque of Nat. Reg. of Hist. Places
Congrats!  Tesla Science Center is approved for the National Register of Historic Places
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Tesla Science Foundation
Tesla Talk
Starting a Tesla Club at Your School
Tesla Science Foundation

15-Second Micro Book Review
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Atlas Shrugged
I read it cover-to-cover, over a thousand pages, and found it hopelessly out-of-date, elitist, and immoral, and some of the dialogue was hard to understand. To me, it shows the dangers of Libertarianism.  Some of Ms. Rand’s basic tenets have since been contradicted by scientific research.  —  Joshua Zev Levin, Ph.D.
Article about Libertarianism
EV Services
S☆Electric / EV World
Subscription Electric Cars
Try before you Buy
EV World / S-Electric
Choose Energy Road Trip
Interactive Guide to EV Charging Stations
Choose Enery Main Page
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Electrify America
We’re Leading the Charge of Fast Charging
Electrify America
Membership and Pricing

Fun Stuff
Alate MagLev Train
Amazing Soviet Visions for the Future of Transportation
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A ducted-fan airship with a guide rail.  Too slow, too cumbersome, and too wasteful of energy.
(Youtube video 1:57)
Strange Air Ferry
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Self-Driving-Car Milestones
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Multi-Mode Vehicle from the ’50s
Howdy Doody's Air-O-Doodle
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Exploded view of ICE
Test drive of a petrol car
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LeviCar Song
(Lyrics only)  
A Whole New Ride
There’s a new kind of car,
Green and clean and efficient.
When’s the last time that you went
Door-to-door, so speedily?


LeviCar is … A system for personal transportation, using modular automobiles that are driven locally on regular roads, and …
that also can travel at 300 m.p.h. on a Magnetic-Levitation (MagLev) rail system for longer distances.
RoboTrail is … A similar system for freight transportation, using tractor-trailer rigs to transport cargo containers locally, and …
using that same MagLev network to transport those same containers for long distances.
Magnetic Levitation Rail is …
(MagLev Rail for short)      
A technology for using magnetism to raise (levitate) a vehicle above a rail to that there is no
mechanical friction (only air drag), and using electrical forces from the rail to propel the vehicle forward.
Superconducting MagLev is … A form of MagLev Rail, first developed in the 1960s by the late Drs. James R. Powell and Gordon T. Danby, using
superconducting magnets, and usually on elevated rails (300 m.p.h.), or over existing rail (150 m.p.h.).
LeviCar and RoboTrail can: make long-distance transport vastly more energy-efficient and safer;
and, unlike conventional railroads, travel non-stop, and also climb steep hills and mountains easily.
LeviCar can: make medium- and long- distance travel much easier;  increase the reliability of cars,
simplify their maintenence; and assist in the use of automated-highway systems.
LeviCar and RoboTrail cannot: generate clean energy by themselves (except for putting solar cells on the rails);  nor
can they easily cross oceans, except at certain "choke points", like the Bering Straits and at Gibraltar.
RoboTrail can: provide air-freight speed at lower cost than highway shipping.
LeviCar can: provide ordinary people with “private rail cars” that go at airplane speeds.
LeviCar and RoboTrail constitute:On-Demand High-Speed Rail (OD-HSR), with no schedules, minimal waiting, and no in-between stopping*
that can slow down conventional HSR.  (*except for rest stops)
hexOgrid is …An arrangement of MagLev rails in a pattern of overlapping six-pointed stars.  It allows for gentle 60° change-of-direction,
rather than the sharper 90°; and also allows for depots to be within 10 miles (16 km) of any point in built-up areas.
The MagLev SuperTurnpike combines … Traditional Powell-and-Danby MagLev with LeviCar, RoboTrail, and hexOgrid.
All these …bring the Third Industrial Revolution to the Transportation Sector.


Text and links last updated:  2019 August 15
Code last updated:  2019 July 30

Partial Update History
2019/07/30 — New layout of non-Mobile LeviCar.com
2019/07/22 — Added hexOgrid and SuperTurnpike to “Primer”
2019/05/21 — Added TARDDIS Beta Link
2019/05/13 — Used Wayback Machine for Dead Links
2019/05/02 — New version of T.A.R.D.D.I.S.
2018/09/16 — New form to sign up for newsletter
2018/09/11 — Adds % codes to Mailto:s
2018/09/03 — Added link to Newsletter
2018/03/11 — Added Click to get "Frag-Tag"
2018/01/18 — Starting adding Source Symbols
2017/10/11 — Fully integrated "TARDDIS"
2017/04/14 — "LinkMagic" changed for "internal" hyperlinks
2017/02/14 — Rearranged "Associations"
2016/10/29 — Reformatted Upcoming Events
2016/10/20 — Removed fraudulent events from WASET
2016/10/05 — Dates in Bold when event is Current
2016/07/15 — Added Silent Earth
2016/06/10 — Added “Green Living Guy”
2015/11/24 — Added link to “Educational … Institutions”
2015/08/23 — Added Fragment Tags (#hashtag) & Mouseovers
2015/07/29 — Added labels for Newly added Events
2015/02/17 — Links to PROACCTIVE
2014/12/16 — Added TradeMark ()
2014/10/02 — New Wardenclyffe newsletter
2014/07/28 — Added Song
2014/05/26 — Added SAE
2014/05/26 — Added Illustration for hexOgrid
2014/05/20 — Link to Original Sci-Am article
2014/05/19 — Added D&P Paper, and section on Conferences
2014/05/18 — Added JPods, Tesla, & Atlas Shrugged
2014/05/16 — Added Links to Conferences
2014/05/12 — Finished Interim Version
2014/05/12 — CSS for links
2014/03/05 — Auto-detect of Phone/Tablet/Desktop
2013/12/29 — First release version of new format
2013/12/09 — Started modularizing for new format
2013/09/29 — Added Hyperloop and hexOgrid
2013/01/27 —
Added book
2012/02/24 — New Version
2006/08/13 — Old Version
2006/04/01 — First web version
2003/08/13 — First write-ups
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"http://www.hexOgrid.com/"


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