Helixator prototype underway

Helixator’s CTO – Michel David, have presented the background study for the Helixator technology development at the design modelling symposium Berlin, where it was warmly accepted by attending academia engineers and architects.

” There is a general agreement that such technologies are an important key for successful urbanization and stronger urban economies. The company is proud to stand in the forefront of contemporary escalator technology” said Michel.

DMSB_2013_Michel David_013_credit

The company currently plans to build a fully operational prototype leading the technology to the next milestone on the way to full realization.

Posted in History | Leave a comment

PROTOTYPING HELIXATOR – Engineering a myth

flyer_DMSB_2013Lecture at the Design Modelling Symposium Berlin (DMSB) 2013, Universität der Künste (UDK) Berlin, Germany.  Monday, 30 September, 14:00 

Posted in History | Leave a comment

Helical Escalators and Moving Walkways


Read full paper as presented by Michel David at ELEVCON 2010, The conference of the International association of elevator engineers (IAEE), Lucerne, Switzerland.

Download 3D PDF here (or click image)

Posted in History | Leave a comment

Riding Heathrow’s PRT

Personal Rapid Transit systems have been built around the world since the early 1960’s. In their essence they are designed to solve complex local transportation problems. Many PRT’s system designs exist, and differ in all major subsystems including car designs, rails structures and drive systems. A successful design brings many advantages on the aspects of environment, safety and contribution to local economy.


In my last visit to London I’ve had the opportunity to ride Heathrow’s PRT system. The system brings passengers from the airport’s terminal 5 to a business parking. Built by British “Ultra”, The system comprises of 22 battery powered cars, driving on 3.8 km of elevated guideways.


On December 2012 the 500,000 passenger rode the system in just 18 month of operation and it is considered to be a great successes by both Ultra and the airport’s operator.


The riding experience is very good, and I’ve enjoyed enormously the automated driverless feel. I didn’t wait at all ,and could enjoy several rides sitting by myself in the car. The cars external and interior designs are settle and comfortable, the stations are well designed and are easy to understand and use, however the track structure lacks the futuristic edge such system deserves.


Posted in Architecture, future, History, Technology | Leave a comment

“The Flying Car is near”

“The Idea of a Flying car is not new; ever since we have developed airplanes and cars, people tried to combine them into one coherent vehicle that will take us from place to place”.

Watch the “Flying Car is near” presentation as presented by Michel David at Singularity university, August 16 2012

Presentation slides in PDF format : The-Flying-car-is-near_Michel-David_003

For more information about the Flying Car research, please check out: http://thecriticaltechnologist.wordpress.com/flying-car/                                                                 or contact : Michel.david@helixator.com

Posted in History | 2 Comments

In the Google Self-driving Car

One of the most prominent technologies being developed at the moment for the Future of transportation is the Google self driving car. This special project fosters the development of Driverless car, where a robotic system using sets of spatial sensors and highly sophisticated computing methods, drives the car better and safer then human drivers.

I got lucky to the point i got to examine one of these unique machines during my summer studies at Singularity university at NASA Ames research center.

Here is a short collection of photos of the Driverless car and me


 After this experience, I really hope to see these machines hitting the road soon.

Posted in History | Leave a comment

Helixator goes to the Future

Helixator CTO , Michel David, wins prestigious scholarship to Singularity university from the Ramon foundation.
The prize was won after a multistage competition that included presentations of Helixator, company and technology. It was handed to him by Mrs.Rona Ramon, founder of the Ramon foundation, in memory of  deceased first Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon and pilot Asaf Ramon.
Presentation at the Singularity convention and competition in Israel.
The Singularity university, founded by NASA ,Google and others, intends to assemble, educate and inspire leaders who strive to understand and facilitate the development of the exponentially advancing technologies of the future.
See winners on the  Ramon Breakthrough website 
Posted in History | Leave a comment