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The TransPod System

The TransPod tube system is being developed to carry vehicles at speeds greater than 1000km/h. Our system contains aerodynamic and propulsion systems to reduce friction compared to trains, automobiles, and jets, and to carry passengers at a faster speed. Moreover, this technology is designed to be compatible with renewable energies including solar generation, supplemented by regional electrical grid connection link-ups.

To achieve fossil-fuel-free propulsion, TransPod pods take advantage of electrically driven linear induction motor technology, with active real-time control and sense-space systems. Unlike hyperloop, our research develops a system to use moving electromagnetic fields to propel the vehicles with stable levitation off the bottom surface, rather than compressed air.

Vehicles we are designing include two versions, a passenger version with flexible seating, and a cargo version with a loadable interior. Each vehicle includes an aircraft-like fuselage pressurized for atmospheric air circulation and control – and includes propulsion, guidance, and control systems to operate at speeds exceeding 1000km/h within a protected tube guideway. The tubes are twinned to permit bidirectional vehicle travel.

The cargo transport TransPod pods are designed to carry payloads of 10–15 tons and have compatibility with wooden pallets, as well as various unit loads devices such as LD3 containers, and AAA containers.

The following patents technologies have been granted to TransPod internationally, and are being developed for the operation of the TransPod system. They will have an immense impact on existing technologies, with applications in aerospace, railway, automotive and more industries.

Get in touch with TransPod to collaborate on the development of these technologies, engineering consulting opportunities, license their use, and learn more about applications in your industry.

High Voltage
Power Transmission

Efficient
infrastructure

Quantum-Power:

Plasma-based high-speed power transmission system

A system for electrically connecting a vehicle to track electrodes, the system comprising vehicle electrodes configured to be electrically connected with a respective one of the track electrodes; actuators operatively connecting the vehicle electrodes to a structure of the vehicle for displacement of the vehicle electrodes relative to the structure of the vehicle, the actuators operable to vary distances between the vehicle electrodes and the track electrodes; sensors operatively mounted to one of the vehicle or track electrodes, the sensors detecting variations in the distances; and a controller operatively connected to the actuators for actuating the actuators as a function of the variations in the distances detected by the sensors.

TransPod JetGlide technology

Cascaded
levitation control

Traction
torquing vehicle

Predictive
suspension

JetGlide:

Vehicle and Suspension Systems for Automotive, Railway, TransPod transportation

A breakthrough in vehicle suspension, for a smooth ride and advanced vehicle maneuvering.  This IP is equally designed for cars, trains, trucks, and ships.  It includes a leap forward in suspension control, overcoming previous limitations of traditional passive/active suspensions (e.g. in cars and trains), to create a first-in-the-world predictive suspension.

This innovation is possible by an ingenious idea:  apply advanced sensing technology, including HDR which is normally only found in cameras, to industrial machinery instead of sensors.

The JetGlide breakthrough is a key part of the TransPod ultra-high-speed vehicle.

TransPod Research Fields

The following scientific fields are being developed by TransPod Research, in collaboration with universities and industrial partners.

Veillance Flux

High-speed vehicle control systems use veillance flux to map out sensors and sensor readings on the vehicle and throughout the tube. Veillance flux is a new branch of physics (inverse optics), to track the capacity to sense moving through space.

Artificial Intelligence for Turbulence & Acoustics

Artificial Intelligence system for aircraft, marine, sound/audio, and fluid-dynamics, to extract patterns from turbulence and sound waves.

Real time control systems

Vehicle control systems can now take advantage of swarm modulation to achieve enhanced real-time control, by detecting previously-undetected hidden signatures in high-speed sensor data. Swarm modulation is the next generation after amplitude modulation (AM) and frequency modulation (FM).

D2R High Dynamic Range Sensing

Enhanced Construction Techniques: Improved welding, made possible by extreme dynamic range sensing, providing welders with real-time augmented-reality video feeds of their work.

Structural Dynamics Monitoring using Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence system for aircraft, marine, sound/audio, and fluid-dynamics, to extract patterns from vibrations and deformations. This system uses fuzzy logic support vector machines, and can provide a real-time control output motors, actuators, monitoring, and research.

Aircraft Avionics

World’s first aircraft system to reduce vehicle weight, by sharing communication signals over power wiring. This new innovation is called “aerospace power-line-communication”.

Publications

2019 - Extended Intelligence and Mediated Reality Veillametrics in the Space, Time, Frequency, and Amplitude Domains

(Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Toronto)

2017 - Extreme-Dynamic-Range Sensing: Real-Time Adaptation to Extreme Signals, IEEE MultiMedia, 24(2), pp.30-42.

- based on award-winning research from IEEE ISM 2016.

2017 - TransPod Ultra-High-Speed Tube Transportation: Dynamics of Vehicles and Infrastructure

Procedia Engineering, 199, pp.8-17.

Check-out our full list of Patents and Research Publications