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.
French UrbanLoop aims at becoming 21st century Personal Rapid Transit 2-12-2021
UrbanLoop capsules will split open for boarding similar to the Taxi 2000 redcar. -UrbanLoop depiction
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
Caption to photo appears to mean an UrbanLoop system would not be a unified network. -Content from UrbanLoop.fr
Construction of demonstrator 4-1-2019
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.
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."
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