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UrbanLoop, French PRT startup- 4-26-2021
-is originally a project of the University of Lorraine. The effort began in 2017, involving 100 students, 4 universities, the National Center for Scientific Research, and the Grand Est region including the city of Nancy. Construction of a 200m demonstration system began in 2019 at the Institute of Applied Sciences-Brabois Engineering campus; testing was conducted there in 2020. A photo caption in the Feb 12, 2021 article following may mean an UrbanLoop system would not be a unified network, requiring transfers--this may not be a problem only in countries such as France which are used to riding metros.

UrbanLoop website
French UrbanLoop aims at becoming 21st century Personal Rapid Transit 2-12-2021

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UrbanLoop capsules will split open for boarding similar to the Taxi 2000 redcar. -UrbanLoop depiction

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UrbanLoop capsules will split open for boarding like the Taxi 2000 redcar. Guideway can be in tubes which can be just below grade, admitting natural light through the top. -UrbanLoop depictions


Guideway can be in tubes which can be just below grade, admitting natural light through the top. -Frame from UrbanLoop video

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Two-position mechanical switches will be employed. -Annotated from UrbanLoop depiction


Two-position mechanical switches will be employed. -Annotated from UrbanLoop depiction

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The rubber-tired bogies will travel on parallel running surfaces. -Frame from UrbanLoop video


The rubber-tired bogies will travel on parallel running surfaces. -Frame from UrbanLoop video

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Caption to photo appears to mean an UrbanLoop system would not be a unified network. -Content from UrbanLoop.fr


Caption to photo appears to mean an UrbanLoop system would not be a unified network. -Content from UrbanLoop.fr

Smart – clean – fast – urban transport, interview with UrbanLoop CEO Jean Phillipe Mangeot. 1-15-2019
Construction of demonstrator 4-1-2019

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Prototype guideway, the top panel admits daylight for underground use. -UrbanLoop photo


Prototype guideway, the top panel admits daylight for underground use. -UrbanLoop photo

Transport of the future: the people of Nancy may travel in a capsule 4-9-2019
Automation partnership signed between University of Lorraine and ANDRA, the National Radioactive Waste Management Agency. 5-10-2019
Individual transport that could revolutionize cities 5-10-2019
Goal of installing the first UrbanLoop at the 2024 Paris Olympics.
UrbanLoop chosen as 1 of 21 innovative mobility projects linked to Paris Olympics 5-8-2021
Jury selection organized by French Mobility, a Ministry of Transport initiative.

UrbanLoop office opens in Villers-les-Nancy 4-22-2020
• France 3 video: Test system under construction in Tomblaine (Nancy suburb); capsule fabrication. 1-3-2021
• France 3: Becoming a large-scale industrial project in 2021 1-5-2021
• Test system: First 500m loop of two interconnected loops completed 2-22-2021

• Photo: Team assembling capsule at test site (p.28) Apr 2021
Metropoly, magazine of Greater Nancy area. Article: Attempt will be made May 28 to set record for lowest energy consumption/km for an autonomous rail vehicle. Mangeout envisions applications with 60km/hr speeds, low voltage rails. Alignments will be "in the open, sheltered under polycarbonate tube, semi-underground or still in tunnel."
The record involves covering 1 km in 1 minute while consuming less than 1 euro cent in electricity. 5-2-2021

Tomblaine 1200m test system completed April 8, consists of 2 loops, 3 stations, and maintenance center. 4-9-2021
Test system location Google Maps
From concept to reality: how the Urbanloop project wants to revolutionize urban mobility in Nancy 4-9-2021
Mangeot gives cost of €1-4M/km.

Urbanloop: the capsule that reinvents city transport 4-23-2021
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