Our Company receives many questions from the project’s partners concerning the industrial samples of SkyWay rolling stock and security module that will start running tests at EcoTechnoPark one of these days. We have already highlighted them several times, though never so detailed and close as we are going to do it now. Primarily, we are trying to meet the wishes of those people who were unable to visit Berlin or Minsk for studying the exposition personally. Do not be upset about it any more and consider this report as a virtual tour of our display stand through the interview with the Chief designer of rolling stock Department of SkyWay design organization Andrey Zaytsev recorded back in September at the trade fair in Berlin. It waited for its time since then. This interview will focus on one of the two presently ready innovative machines called the unibus in honor of its inventor Anatoly Yunitskiy.
Due to the use of a complex of innovative solutions and know-how, the unibus is more effective, safer and environmentally friendly by times, and sometimes tenfold, than any other known vehicle. For example, its patented aerodynamics is by 3-5 times better than that of sports cars, and the rolling resistance of the wheel along the rail is reduced twofold in comparison to the railway wheel pair; the ‘second’ level of arrangement and the anti-derailment system will reduce the accident rate by about 1,000 times in comparison, for example, to motor vehicles.
The unibus is designed for passenger transportation on urban and suburban routes. In the current configuration it has the passenger capacity of up to 14 people and the maximum speed of 150 km/h. The performance of the SkyWay transport system with such unibuses may reach 50,000 passengers/h, which is comparable to the performance of the Moscow metro.
The motion of the urban unibus is done by means of a traction electric drive. The electric motors of the traction drive are combined with wheels in a common unit ― a motor-wheel that allows to exclude transmission components (reducing gearboxes) and to decrease the size, weight and cost of the drive, respectively. The interior of the unibus is equipped with systems of ventilation, conditioning, lighting, audio- and video-information for passengers. Onboard unibus control system is fully automated.
This vehicle can operate in various climatic conditions at outside storage. The average service life of the unibus is 25 years.