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/ Test Site
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

/ Energy

• 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
• Counting down: video of team preparations for record attempt. 5-26-2021
Subtitles and auto-translation available.

New video 5-27-2021
Capsule carrying passengers at speed (doors retracted); capsule passing through diverge point; draws power from rail; onboard regenerative braking. Subtitles and auto-translation available.

• Video: World Record For UrbanLoop 5-28-2021
Big celebration after UrbanLoop sets .05 kWh per km energy record. On hand was Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Ecological Transition in charge of Transport, who said a few words about project benefits for people with less mobility, as a showcase in the 2024 Olympic Games, and as a green product for export. Subtitles and auto-translation available.

This little autonomous train has broken a record for lowest energy consumption per kilometer 5-31-2021

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It's official. -Frame from Ici-c-Nancy video


It's official. -Frame from Ici-c-Nancy video

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Capsule on record-setting journey. -Frame from Ici-c-Nancy video


Capsule on record-setting journey. -Frame from Ici-c-Nancy video


• Urbanloop autonomous shuttle becomes the cleanest and most economical transport in the world with half-₡ per km. 5-29-2021
The capsule completed two laps, or one kilometer, for a derisory energy consumption of 0.05 kWh.

Inexpensive and ecological, the Urbanloop could appeal to many cities 6-1-2021
Safety certification can take one year.

• Video: Record du monde pour Urbanloop 6-2-2021 Subtitles and auto-translation available.
• Video: Embarquez dans la capsule UrbanLoop (School of Mines) 6-2-2021 Subtitles and auto-translation available.

Tomblaine 1200m test system completed April 8, consists of 2 loops, 3 stations, and maintenance center. 4-9-2021
Test system location Google Maps

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/ Paris Olympics
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 at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games 5-11-2021
Planned installation would connect Noisiel rail station to nearby Olympic canoe-kayak & rowing site. 5-28-2021

Automation partnership signed between University of Lorraine and ANDRA, the National Radioactive Waste Management Agency. 5-10-2019

/ Nancy
Transport of the future: the people of Nancy may travel in a capsule 4-9-2019
UrbanLoop office opens in Villers-les-Nancy 4-22-2020
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.
Nancy bets on Urbanloop 5-12-2021
Mobility in Nancy: UrbanLoop, world record broken! 6-7-2021
€1M funding in hand, additional €1M being sought for next 18 months of work. Feasibility study under way for implementation in metro area; a 100 meter test tunnel to be built in 2022.

Capsule design

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The capsule concept started small, with the single passenger recumbent. -UrbanLoop depiction

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The capsule concept started small with the single passenger recumbent, evolving to a larger size with bench seating for multiple riders. -UrbanLoop images


The capsule evolved to a larger size, with bench seating for multiple riders. -UrbanLoop photo.


 
/ Intro
UrbanLoop, French PRT startup
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

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