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MONOCAB - the future of local passenger transport in rural areas

The future of rural transport. MONOCAB combines individual and public transport with gyroscope technology, automatic control and individual app ordering.

A revolution in rural transport: MONOCAB offers an innovative system that combines the advantages of individual and public transport (IPNV - Individual Passenger Transport). It uses an existing single-track rail line in two-way traffic and employs gyroscope technology, which has been known since 1907, as well as the paternoster principle. MONOCABs are autonomously controlled and individually ordered via app.

The gyroscope technology allows MONOCABs to travel on only one track in two-way traffic. In line with the principle of abundance rather than need, a ride can be ordered at any time by booking the MONOCAB via app like a cab. The MONOCABs are operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More Cabs hit the road during the usual rush hours, and fewer at night.

The goal of the project is to improve rural mobility, and MONOCABs can play a significant role in making tomorrow's mobility healthier, more climate-friendly, more efficient, more convenient and more affordable.

In the course of the project, a prototype of a MONOCAB was developed and tested on a section of track between Bösingfeld and Rinteln that has been de-legalized under railroad law. We will demonstrate this prototype at the Hannover Messe.

Visit us at the Hanover Fair and experience the future of rural transport at first hand.

Project funding is provided as part of the implementation of the Operational Program of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in North Rhine-Westphalia for the period 2014-2020 with co-financing from the Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Transport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.