Saturday, February 10, 2018

Taxi 2000 Exits

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Long time pod transit company Taxi 2000 closed in mid-2017, exiting the business without achieving a demonstration facility or system in fare service. A shareholder letter obtained in January by the NewsCenter revealed that in 2016 Taxi 2000 lost an angel investor who held 49% of the company's shares.

Taxi 2000's demo in 2005. Ed Anderson is at left.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Following Freely

Part V of the IPERT Series

Email chatter picked up recently concerning Freely and Workman, therefore we thought it was time to check up on the Dotard Duo's internet presence.

Most of it is the same old stuff–except for this listing at MuseumsUSA, which lists "Roger Freely, Curator" at the Western Museum of Flight at 12016 Prairie Avenue in Hawthorne, CA.

It likely won't surprise you to learn that is not the address of the Western Museum of Flight.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Fast, Imaginary Ride To Courthouse - 2 Updates

Part IV of the IPERT Series

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The NewsCenter is able to confirm key parts of allegations made, first tipped by a comment on Part III , against IPERT fraudster Roger D. Freely. Not left out of the story is his partner Ivan L. Workman. The March 12, 2017 comment was—
Roger Freely tried to get a 16 year old child to move in with him. He also has a Facebook account. According to Facebook rules and regulations sex offenders cannot have accounts. However Facebook does not provide a way to report him.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Back And Forth With skyTran

One of the things we miss about the old days of covering personal rapid transit is the way everything used to be out in the open.

Perhaps an outgrowth of the federally-initiated PRT effort of the Sixties, the leading PRT efforts of the 1990s-Early 2000s welcomed publicity, and actively disseminated the results of their work. That Raytheon was playing with millions in public funds obligated some openness, but that doesn't explain why the private Taxi 2000, and later university spinoff Ultra, was open with the public to varying degrees.

But today's would-be pod transit makers are keeping their cards close to the vest. In some cases the caginess is due to an enterprise not being on the up-and-up (e.g. Maglev Movers, IPERT1, 2, 3), but in most cases the caution arises out of business security. Four, count them, pod transit systems now exist in the world, and the competition to be the fifth might be just that tight.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

MISTER - MISTER - Update 1

Mikosza (top)
and Choromanski

Ollie Mikosza says a well-connected academic stole his PRT design. Guess who's winning.

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We began corresponding with Olgierd "Ollie" Mikosza in 2006, shortly after "MISTER" (Metropolitan Individual System of Transportation on an Elevated Rail), his suspended (vehicle below the guideway) personal rapid transit concept, first came on the scene. With Heathrow Pods and the Masdar City PRT still four years off, Mikosza exuded confidence and optimism that his design would be the one to break through.

In an article in EV World earlier that year, in which Mikosza announced MISTER to the world, he reported already securing letters of intent from interested cities, and that his plans had been endorsed by academic and transportation experts. The engineering, he seemed to say, would be straightforward by comparison.
Artist conception of Mikosza's vehicle