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.

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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 
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More about the High speed Helixators

The high speed Helixator is a combination of emerging technologies and existing inventions into a machine for continuous vertical transport.
The Helixator technology is flexible to the point it can be developed with any of the several existing acceleration methods, the figures presented in the next paragraph emerge from those machines statistics. People boarding the High speed Helixator would travel at an estimated speed of 12 km/h (vertical speed 1m/sec) crossing a floor every 5 seconds and a twenty story building in just a minute and a half.
It has an estimated capacity of 14,500 p.p.h in every direction and there is no waiting time as in elevators. When applying the high speed Helixator to large buildings, in a transfer lobby manner, it reduces the number of elevators needed, the total capacity of travelers rises and floor space is gained.

High speed Helixator boarding segments

The scheme of the high speed Helixator is in fact the final sum of a complex mathematical equation consisting all factors involved in traveling upon a machine of this kind. The travelers trajectory upon the machine is a unique three-dimensional form summing all forces applied on travelers in order not to exceed acceptable accelerations and to achieve maximum safety.

Determining and constructing the machines form was a unique challenge in the development of the High speed Helixator geometry. The form chosen eventually was built from two of its derivative; at first a spiral determined by the maximum acceptable side acceleration that was later projected on a hyperbolic rotation which corresponded with the desired vertical acceleration rate. The combination of the two forms created a third form which sums the dynamic properties of traveling upon this machine and present a new kind of movement for our contemporary world.

This model hight is 100 meter, carrying 28,000 people per hour in every direction.

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Escalators for the poors

As discussed in the past, there is a direct link between accessible transportation and poverty -The solution that the Helixator team suggest is connecting inner favels to the main roads by Helixator line in order to make social progress and economic development.

It has been recently reported that the city of Medellin, Colombia has a solution to the mobility problem; a giant, outdoor public escalator.
For generations, residents of the Colombian town had to staggered up steep hillsides and  hundreds of large steps – the equivalent of a 28-story building to go from one part of town to another. A giant, outdoor public escalator that shortens a hard climb from 35 minutes
To a convenient 6 minutes is now in place.

Take a look:

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New year visit to SkyView Stockholm

The SkyView is probable to be one of the most significant elevator project of recent years. engineered by swedish liftbyggarna ( it is characterized as a funicular system with a sophisticated leveling system. built on a structure argued as the biggest spherical building in the world (Globen), it provides a breathtaking ride over the stadiums grounds and of Stockholm’s cityscape.

The spherical, hi-tech cabin design makes it highly transparent and light to the viewer eye. equiped with automated doors and powerful ventilation systems, with addition to the well designed detail following the tradition of nordic design, it provides a pleasant and recommended riding experience.

Indeed 160,000 riders enjoy this attraction annually since its opening in early 2010.

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Helixator – Besic operation principle

The Helixator technology development produced a large verity of models and prototypes. This early video explains the monorail structure and basic rail layout and its breakthrough technological essence.

See for yourselves:

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“Escalator” art

Fritz Panzer / Rolltreppe, 2006

Olafur Eliasson / Umschreibung, 2004

Monika Sosnowska / Ohne Titel, 2010

Ulrich Genth, Heike Mutter / Tiger and Turtle Magic Mountain, 2011

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The Luna Helical escalator

In the early 1970’s, inventor Gilbert Luna researched and campaigned to promote his solution for helical escalators. The suggested machine had an helical path for the ascending passengers and a return path that crossed its cylindrical core. In his design a third set of rails was to be deployed in the middle of the steps, enabling the usage of a single multiaxial step chain. During his venture, he constructed at least one scaled model and obtained patents in three countries. His research produced various ideas and solutions, many with notions regarding movement in three-dimensional paths, and their functional and esthetics advantages.

Gilbert Luna and his scaled model, Image – Elevator World

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The Helixator potential benefits for a better urban life economic and social effects

The Helixator is a transportation device that adapted to the urban revolution of the 21st century. Increasing the urban density build up area while reducing the amount of private cars in the city, creating an enormous advantage to the municipal authorities and the challenge of mass transport. Helixator meets this challenge by enabling mobile masses of pedestrians in three dimensions in continues flow while maximizing the efficiency and the economy activity of the municipal system.

Time square New York. The Helixator increases the efficiency of urban transportation by allowing pedestrians to cross the street above traffic while eliminating waiting time and interferences

Read full paper by : Guy Ronen,Urban planner graduated (MURP) of the Technion; Israel Institute of Technology. Multiple disciplines knowledgeable in the field of urban planning, urban economy and transportation.

Helixator- economic and social effects. pdf

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Introduction to Helixator technology

*Read full article as published on Elevator World magazine, September 2009

Introduction to Helixator technology

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