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New train that picks up passengers without stopping?

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On Sunday, Business Insider ran a front page story about a new Chinese concept train that would be able to pick-up passengers without ever slowing down.

The idea is actually very interesting, an always-in-motion train would periodically link up with boarding compartments at each stop along the route.

Passengers step onto a compartment platform above an incoming train, which is then snagged by the train as it moves through the platform. At the next station, anyone wanting to get off moves up into the compartment, which is then snagged by the station. The train itself never stops, it simply trades embarkation capsules as its moves through a station, giving passengers a window of time to board without the train needing to stop.

The whole thing sounds like something Elon Musk might invent. But the idea is not new, nor is the video that inspired the Business Insider article and subsequent social media frenzy around this new type of train. In fact, the YouTube video showing an animated mock-up of how the system would work was first uploaded almost four years ago.

Another article from CarScoops dates the idea, and video, back to at least 2008.

Peng Yu-lun, a Taiwanese inventor, is credited as the brains behind the always moving train. He argues that his method would save commuters time and avoid wasteful speeding up and breaking that burn fuel.

Critics have pointed out that passengers would be asked with withstand huge G-forces as their waiting compartments were suddenly flung into high velocity transport. Perhaps that's why this has remained as a neat concept and not a working project.

What do you think, would a non-stop train make you more open to using public transportation? Post your opinion in the comments section below.



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