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$15,613
pledged of $100,000pledged of $100,000 goal
32
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, May 22 2015 2:46 PM UTC +00:00

About

WHAT IS APT?

The Airport Personal Transport (APT) is a semi-autonomous, electric, 2-passenger vehicle designed to navigate you through the airport. 

When you make an airline reservation simply reserve an APT. As you approach the airport, the APT System will notify you where to park. An APT will be waiting for you. Simply roll on your bags. Sit down. Identify yourself via your credit card or mobile device. And then you are whisked off to your terminal safely and at three times your walking speed. 

APT can also take you from security checks to your gate, from terminal to terminal, and from baggage claim to your car.  APT can become your personal automated chauffeur.

APT becomes your personal chauffeur
APT becomes your personal chauffeur

WHAT MAKES APT DIFFERENT?

An APT can go anywhere! For high maneuverability an APT can turn 360 degrees in one place.

The proposed APT model will carry two people with bags at speeds up to 12mph and avoid obstacles with greater accuracy and dependability than airport electric carts. Autonomous vehicles have been used in factories and hospitals for over a decade. Latest technological advances make the APT System the safest available. 

Each APT has multiple obstacle detectors, similar to the ones used in collision avoidance sensors available in automobiles. Using this monitoring system our software can control the APT’s speed, direction, and final destination.

We reached out to MassPort to get real world feedback from a team of airport executives. The Logan Airport staff provided advice, access, and figures to help us think through the feasibility of our APT system. We look forward to continuing this synergy on our Kickstarter project.

NO GUIDEWAYS

With the latest autonomous system controls of APT, costly guideways are now no longer needed.

Unsightly guideways represent up to 80% of the capital cost of other advanced systems, such as the Personal Rapid Transit capsule system at Heathrow Airport.

The Heathrow Airport Personal Rapid Transport
The Heathrow Airport Personal Rapid Transport

The $40,000,000 Heathrow Airport PRT requires guideways and stations that take up valuable real estate and caused constant airport disruption.

The estimated cost for a 5,000 foot PRT guideway and twenty 4 passenger cars come to a whopping $25,000,000.

30 APTs at Logan Airport is estimated to total under $10,000,000. The APT system can be introduced seamlessly to Logan without any major construction.

APT will easily navigate thru any airport landscape
APT will easily navigate thru any airport landscape

OUR GOAL

The goal of this Kickstarter campaign is to build an APT prototype which will prove its basic safety, convenience and plausibility. It will show the APT's ability to sense and react to obstacles many times faster than a human can. This working, full-scale model will demonstrate its capabilities and safety to the public and airline officials, such as those at Logan Airport. Upon this testing and acceptance, financing and development of the full APT System will proceed onwards into the future.

Original concept art
Original concept art
 

PROJECTED SCHEDULE

Design                                    1 month

Assemble                                3 months

Test                                         1 month

Modify                                     2 months

Test                                         1/2 month

Demonstrate                           1/2 month

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TOTAL                                     8 months

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BUDGET FOR FUNCTIONAL FULL-SCALE MODEL 

INITIAL DESIGN                                                         $15,000

FABRICATION                                                            $27,000

PROTOTYPE MATERIAL, CONSULTING                  $ 25,000

MISC, KICKSTARTER REWARDS & FEES                $ 33,000

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TOTAL                                                                       $100,000

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Any Kickstarter funds contributed over the $100,000 will be used in the next steps needed to move APT forward on total system development and installation as an operating system, e.g. at Logan Airport. Paid staff, support services and equity crowdfunding may be considered. New talent will be recruited.

Walter Cronkite drove the staRRcar prototype for his TV show "The 21st Century".
Walter Cronkite drove the staRRcar prototype for his TV show "The 21st Century".

 SO WHY DONATE?

If you suffer from anxiety caused by the challenges of airport navigation! 

If you want a simple and easy way to get you where you need to go!

If you want to be a part of the future of automated, personal transportation!

When the APT System is installed in an airport, it will be contributing to the ease, security, safety and fun of flying.

Our APT has a major, unique commercial advantage over PRT: No guideways or stations are required. No major construction or costly building is needed. APT can be retrofitted to an airport (or community) without the cost and disruption of providing new infrastructure.

The APT has a unique combination of features and capabilities: 

  • Convenience 
  • Safety 
  • Innovation 
  • All-electric “green” vehicle 
  • User friendly 
  • Light weight. Minimum electricity used.
  • Highly sophisticated artificial intelligence

Turn APT from a dream into a reality, together we can change the future.

Wm. and Judith Alden viewing the the first fully-automated capsules at Morgantown.
Wm. and Judith Alden viewing the the first fully-automated capsules at Morgantown.

MEET THE TEAM

William Alden, is the inventor of dual-mode transportation. His Alden staRRcar started as his sketch and led to the $300,000,000 Morgantown, West Virginia, Personal Transit System, which carries 15,000 students a day completely automatically (Learn more). At the time, the Alden company licensed Boeing, the general contractor, and served as consultant and supplier of the first vehicles and the third rail housing.  

Alden has gathered over the last 10 years a team of volunteers to build on this experience the APT state-of-the-art automated, personal transportation system.

William Donkin, started his career as a programmer, applying his mathematical skills to real-world problems. As his career progressed, he designed, installed and managed teams which built systems including both computerized and non-computerized facets of the business environment. He is an expert in the latest computer and system technology, having run corporate departments, designing and installing large international data systems.

Prof. Michael Lye, Rhode Island School of Design, Industrial Design, who has been involved is special vehicle designing, from cycles to NASA capsules. As a paid consultant, Prof. Lye will design/build the prototype in shops which have worked well with him in the past.

Prof. David Barrett, Olin College of Engineering has led student teams building many autonomous vehicles. He earlier led Disney Imagineering which designed and built the rides for the Disney theme parks. Prof. Barrett will also consult on the project.

MIT Prof. Emilio Frazzoli, is the Principal Lead Investigator on the $40,000,000 SMART project in Singapore, resulting in the building and testing of 3 autonomous golf carts and an autonomous auto (See more). Prof. Frazzoli will grant us a license to use his software code, such as used in his many autonomous vehicles.

David Smith, President, Factory Five Racing, Wareham, MA, has followed our progress and given key pointers and contacts. His team will manufacture the first production run of APTs.

Alden inspects a working prototype of the Morgantown PRT system
Alden inspects a working prototype of the Morgantown PRT system

LEARN MORE

Additional information:

http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR443-1.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_driverless_car

http://www.google.com/about/careers/lifeatgoogle/self-driving-car-test-steve-mahan.html

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/under-the-hood/trends-innovations/driverless-car.htm

http://www.technologyreview.com/tagged/autonomous-vehicles/

http://articles.latimes.com/1992-05-10/news/mn-2322_1_transit-system

http://transportation.wvu.edu/prt

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ATTRIBUTES


Car with Wifi
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Air Transport
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Battery full, iOS 7 interface symbol
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Ben Gurion International Airport Walkway
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Author: Missvain

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Risks and challenges

As seasoned businessmen, inventors, programers, and designers we are well aware the road ahead may be rocky. Yet, our team is passionate, driven, and optimistic the future will hold great things. Our combined experience in designing, building, testing, and producing special machines and their unique systems will be essential to our success.

Adapting the software and the electro-mechanical subsystem for speed control and steering can be tricky. But, the collective efforts and practices of our team make us confident we can overcome any obstacles. We have lived in the industrial world where finishing a job is necessary for survival.

The $300,000,000 Morgantown, Personal Transit System has been a huge success. The automated system carries over 15,000 students a day.

Samy E. G. Elias, the associate dean for research at the University of Nebraska's College of Engineering and Technology, stated, "There's nothing else like it. Engineers and planners from all over the world still come to see it."

According to Robert Bates, PRT director, since testing of the system began in 1972, more than 35 million passengers have traveled about 12 million miles across WVU's hilly campus without an accident.

We have proven our ability to take an idea from concept to full execution. We have shown our commitment and passion for making the world of automated transportation an easily accessible commodity. We have the team, the experience, the knowledge, and the imagination to make this project a reality.

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    For showing your generosity and faith in our project you will receive an APT travel tote!

    This awesome tote is filled with essential items for airport travel. An APT travel pillow, an APT sleep mask, a pair of APT earbuds, and an APT travel tote bag and luggage tag. Embrace your next adventure with APT!

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    View the assembly of the APT model! To show our appreciation, we invite you to visit our workspace, take a tour, and see your donation at work.

    Be one of the first people to ride the APT! Thanks to your donation you will be one of the first members public to ride the APT at the unveiling ceremony. You will also be invited to attend the APT after party!

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    Above rewards with special listing in commemorative pamphlet.
    Place at head table along with your spouse or friend.
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    Carve your name in history!

    Thanks to your donation, support, and passion to make the future a better place. We could not have have made this dream happen without your generosity.

    We would like to show you our undying gratitude by giving you the honor and privilege of naming the first APT!

    Thank you for making our dream a reality!

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