Cutting-edge innovation with the newly designed bogie for the APM (Automated People Mover)
With the two brands LEITNER ropeways and POMA, the HTI group is investing in the highly promising area of short distance passenger transport, making use of the synergies within its various corporate fields, and university research. Development has been driven by demand for rubber-tired, cable-drawn transportation systems with modularly constructed trains. The group has developed a cutting-edge innovation with its the newly designed bogie for the APM (Automated People Mover), which has already been implemented in two specific projects, to be put into service in 2016. The projects take the new bogie undercarriages from our technology department and new vehicle modules, developed by SIGMA as their base. Preliminary studies simulating the dynamic behaviour of the trains on the project tracks were carried out at the University of Pisa, thus defining the components to be further tried by the test department in Vipiteno/Sterzing (Italy) and subsequently incorporated into a prototype. The modular design of the bogie means that it can be applied in a range of contexts with just some small modifications. The first practical application of this new concept will be in APM projects in Miami (USA) and Pisa (Italy).