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[DIGEST: CNNMoney, skyTran, FastCoExist]

A NASA Space Act company called skyTran, based in California, is closer than ever to making an efficient, sustainable and safe form of transportation a reality. The company’s patented overhead transportation system uses maglev (magnetic levitation) technology to transport passenger “cars” while emitting virtually no pollution. The computer-controlled, two-person vehicles run on a lightweight, steel and aluminum track built 20-30 feet above the ground. The 18-inch support poles, tracks, and vehicles ideal to hold solar panels, which could provide almost all of the energy needed in operating the system.

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