Theme Ib  Individual traffic with ropeway technology

Content of this page:

1. statistics on current passenger transport (use of means of transport)

2. requirements for future individual transport

3. Description of the cable car of the future
4. Photos and videos of the ropeway technology for individual transport

5. examples of the different cable cars
6. system description of the new future ropeway
7. summary of the new cable cars 

8. The financing and the timetable (as with magnetic track technology)

1. Statistics on current passenger transport (use of means of transport)

These statistics clearly show the problem area. The public transport systems are hardly in a position to cope with these 45 billion kilometres, let alone of an adequate quality.

2. requirements for future individual transport


  •     enable you to use your own vehicle,
  •     enable public vehicles,
  •     no accidents, safe driving,
  •     comfort like in a car,
  •     Long service life of the vehicles,
  •     always available,
  •     many stops, theoretically on every doorstep,
  •     barrier-free stops,
  •     worldwide solution, it can be used in all countries,
  •     without changing from the front door to the                destination,
  •     fast,
  •     without traffic jams, without traffic lights,


  •     Climate-neutral, without noise, without exhaust          fumes, without particulate matter
  •     green streets,
  •     liveable and playable streets,
  •     car-free streets, Space for footpaths and cycle paths,
  •     far fewer accidents Vision Zero,
  •     no searching for a parking space,
  •     no refuelling, no charging,
  •     Autonomous driving,
  •     Customised bodywork, road by road and                      extensions.
  •      today's car must be able to be transported and drive in and out of the stops.


3. Description of the cable car of the future

a. The ropes, rails

1.              One or two ropes for each direction are tensioned from pillar to pillar at a height of approx. 4 metres to ensure the passage of fire engines, but not much higher.

2.              Between the two ends of the rope, rails will continue the vehicles.

3.              The rails will be used to build the switches, curves and crossings.


b. The cabins

1.          The cabins have their own electric drive including brakes, which is powered by batteries. There are solar cells on the roof to generate electricity. In the garages, these can be charged autonomously

2.              The cabins are controlled centrally with AI according to the requirements of the users.

3.              There are public as well as owner-occupied cabins,

4.              The number of people per cabin will be adjusted according to demand, as is already the case today,


c. The loading platform

1.              The cargo platforms have the same drive as the cabins,

2.              The cargo platforms are for today's cars. All of our current cars up to approx. 3 tons can use these load platforms,

3.            The on- and off-ramps of the cars are planned at the stops. It is also possible to leave the car at the bus stop and send it to a parking garage. Later, this can be ordered by AP to any stop.


d. The stops

1.              The stops are always on supports, as the ropes are interrupted,

2.              The stops will be kept very small and they can be set up and dismantled quickly as needed.

3.              Many stops, e.g. at train stations, can also be set up according to demand, here the cars should not be able to enter or exit.

4.            To get on and off, the cabins slow down the journey to a standstill, on a special piece of rail. The rail with the car is moved down with an elevator system. A second rail closes the gap so that other following cabins can pass by.

5.              The same applies to the load platforms,

6.            Stops on private property, e.g. company premises, school grounds or similar, are also permitted. The safety systems are being coordinated.


This list is a first draft that requires further adjustments, which will be updated on an ongoing basis.


4. Photos and videos of the ropeway technology for individual transport

4.1  The photos for cable car technology

Image from the video of the forest railway of the future.
Doppelmayr City Cable Car.

4.2 Video of a bus stop and a cable car crossing

The new barrier-free stop with the cable car technology. The cable car also comes down here for boarding and alighting. Our current vehicles can be used here to get on and off, or to leave the cable car system and continue on the road as before. The solution of a cable car junction, which is important for city centres, is also shown.

5. examples of the different cable cars

5.1 Types of cable cars

Here is a link to a description of the different types of cable cars. (Company Leitner, Austria) 

5.2a Cable car garages

Here is a link to a description of a garage system for cable cars. Here the number of cabins can be adjusted according to demand so that there are always enough cabins in the system. 

Curves and switches can also be recognised here.

(Leitner company, Austria)

5.2b Cable car garages (Bertholed)

The Ropetaxi (Bertholed) also shows the switch system for the garages from sec. 60.

5.3 Ropeways for cars

Here is a video of how cars are transported by a cable car at the VW plant in Bratislava. 

5.4 Ropeway combination with self-running railway

 The forest railway of the future, City-Cabel-Car

(planned between Dornbirn and Bersbuch Austria)

shows a combination of cable car with a self-propelled rail-guided railway with the same cabin without changing trains.

Description from Sec: 3.08. 

5.5a Ropeway combination with road vehicle

The companies ConnX and Leitner are currently testing the automatic transfer of cable cars to a vehicle and vice versa. This vehicle may also be able to drive autonomously for the final stretch. 

5.5b Ropeway combination with road vehicle (Aachen)

A similar combination has been developed by RWTH Aachen University, here is the video. 

5.6 Elevator - railway combination

There's no end to what you can do here - a lift is combined with a rail vehicle without having to change trains. 

5.7 Ferries with overhead lines

Here is a description from Wikipedia about overhead lines in shipping traffic 

5.8 Ropeways with overhead contact line

A search for overhead lines for cable cars yielded no results. But based on the results already developed to date, it is only a lack of demand.

5.9 Self-propelled ropeways

I found self-propelled ropeways at the Otto railway.  

5.10 Port - Personal Overhead Rapid Transit

The ropeway system shows good ideas for the vertical lowering of cabins and a perfect ride past stops.

5.11 Cable car carries refuse collection vehicle up the mountain

A cable car carries a garbage truck and supplies an entire community and tourists with everything they need to live. There are no roads to the community. 

5.12 Ropeway for heavy loads

Such heavy-duty cableways are often used for large construction sites in the mountains.
Sec.: 2:41 an example

5.13 Self-driving underground railway

Es gibt seit Jahrzehnten Selbstfahrende U-Bahnen, z.B. Nürnberg, Kopenhagen

6. System description of the new future cable car

 Innovative cable car for the transport of the future


The new barrier-free cable car will connect the important parts of the city centre, the outer districts and the commercial areas. This cable car will offer both demand-responsive public journeys and individual journeys in private cabins. The private cabins can be customised according to the customer's wishes, similar to cars.


The cabins will travel autonomously with their own drive on fixed steel cables with an electric motor with overhead line or battery. Both are possible, with cost-effectiveness being the deciding factor. Battery-powered vehicles can be charged in the car parks when not in use. Electric 40 tonne lorries already have a range of approx. 500 km. The plan for the cable car of the future includes several special features and challenges: 

  • Flexible route network: The cable car will have curves, crossings and switches so that it can travel directly to almost all streets without having to change trains. The cable car should run through the streets at a height of approx. 4 metres (passage for fire engines, for example). (should not pass over buildings)
  • Barrier-free stops: Access at the stops will always be barrier-free and at ground level. This is made possible by the design of the stops, where the cabins are moved downwards to allow them to pass by. The advantage is that the stops can be kept very small (like underground lifts) and there is sufficient time to get on and off. Furthermore, the stop locations can be adapted to suit demand. 
  • Material transport: In addition to passenger cabins, it should also be possible to transport our current cars in special load tubs. This makes it possible to completely free the roads from car traffic without having to introduce new vehicles. Today's vehicles and their occupants can be transported in an environmentally friendly way without traffic jams and traffic lights. The arrival and departure of cars is made possible via the stops mentioned above. (see VW plant in Bratislava)
  • Intelligent control: journeys are coordinated using an app and AI, similar to baggage systems at airports.
  • Autonomous car parks: Unused vehicles drive autonomously to empty car parks, where they can also be charged.

The aim of this project is to change private transport in a climate-friendly way, without restrictions. Traffic accidents will be prevented (Vision Zero) and the now car-free streets can be largely unsealed to create space for green areas and pedestrian and cycle traffic.


This cable car of the future will provide a revolutionary solution to make all transport more efficient and environmentally friendly for a people-friendly city with car-free streets. With the transport of today's vehicles, a smooth transition or change is made possible, without renunciation and without prohibitions.

7. summary of the new cable cars


We present an innovative concept to promote sustainable and climate-neutral mobility in urban areas through the use of new cable cars. The idea is aimed at revolutionising private transport and shaping an environmentally friendly future.


The challenge of climate change and mobility

The current challenges of climate change require a drastic change in the way we deal with mobility, as the transport sector contributes significantly to greenhouse gas emissions. In order to meet these challenges, we need to reorient our way of thinking and make greater use of innovative technologies to find sustainable solutions. 


The concept of the new cable cars

The proposed solution is based on the use of new cable cars in which vehicles, both public and private, are suspended at a height of around 4 metres over specially designed routes. Our current vehicles can also float on platforms, similar to a car transporter, using this system. This provides a smooth transition between current and future vehicles.

This technology enables a smooth flow of traffic, minimises the amount of floor space required and significantly reduces energy consumption.


Advantages of the new cable cars

The advantages of this technology are manifold. Firstly, it significantly reduces the space required for traffic, as the vehicles are suspended in the air. Car-free streets are now possible. This creates space for more green areas, pedestrian zones and cycle paths, resulting in a more liveable environment.


Secondly, the use of electric drives for these cable cars is an integral part of the concept. As only the vehicles used are powered and not the heavy cable, operation is very economical. The use of renewable energy as a power source means that no emissions are produced on site, which makes a significant contribution to reducing the carbon footprint.


Thirdly, increased mobility in the third dimension enables faster and more efficient transport within the city. This leads to less congestion and time savings for all citizens.


Realisation and cooperation

Realising this visionary concept requires investment in research, infrastructure and collaboration between government, scientists, industry and the community. Only through joint efforts can we further develop and optimise this technology and make it accessible to everyone. 



It is within our power as a society to shape a sustainable future. By working together and implementing innovative ideas such as cable cars of the future, we can create climate-neutral mobility for our cities. Let's work together on this visionary dream and create an environmentally friendly future. 

8. The financing and the timetable (as with magnetic track technology)

A timetable and quantity structure will also be drawn up for the financing.

It is planned to build up 40,000 km of tracks incl. stops in cities in Germany within the next 10 years. (4,000 km per year) 

a. Rough cost breakdown:

  • 1 km of rails approx. 4 million EUR
  • Maintenance 500 EUR per km per year starting from the 2nd year onwards.
  • IT costs 10 million for the first 4 years, then 7 million     

b. Rough financing:

Financing starts at 10% pro rata from the 2nd year (equivalent to 4,000 km) and increases by 10% each subsequent year until 100% and the 40,000 km is reached. 

a. Proportionate costs of 50% of accident costs from 2019 (traffic fatalities 1,500, serious injuries, minor injuries and property damage), ______________  

b. 70% of motor vehicle tax will be, _________________________________________

c. Proportionate CO2 consumption from 2017 at 70% for cities, ___________

d. 60% of fuel tax, ___________________________________________________________

e. 50 % of public transport costs, ___________________________________________

f. Congestion costs in cities, _________________________________________________



                                                          Total: _____ 


approx. 24.0 billion EUR per year

approx. 6.5 billion

approx. 8.0 billion

approx. 24.0 billion    

approx. 5.5 billion

approx. 5.0 billion



approx. 73.0 billion 

Of course, everyone can make their own calculation.

If you find any errors, we are grateful for any advice.