Welcome to Whoosh®Watch an intro to Whoosh®
Whoosh® creates personalized, point to point transportation for passengers or goods travelling in smart electric vehicles on a light and flexible elevated cable and rail network. In conjunction with the use of multiple smaller offline stations and larger hub stations, Whoosh® ensures high throughput of vehicles while still providing a point-to-point on-demand service.
Vehicles can use cable sections to span over geographic obstacles without interference to the area below. The vehicles can change elevation or turn after transitioning from cable to rail, creating countless route options throughout a location.
Additionally, the system is flexible and easy to implement in tight spaces. When existing structure is available, Whoosh® can use it as support for the network, decreasing construction cost and disruption. Whoosh® is also electric with low energy needs and zero emissions.
We’ve already developed a fully operational prototype system. A public pilot project in New Zealand is underway and we have additional interest for projects around the world, including solving campus transportation challenges for one of our earliest collaborators — a Silicon Valley tech giant.
Explore the following video for a look inside the Holmes Solutions lab to see our wireframe prototype pods navigating a small network with an offline station. You'll also see where the technology is headed and how it changes the future of transportation.
Whoosh® vs. Gondola
We love gondolas and what they can do, but make no mistake, Whoosh® is quite different from a conventional gondola system. The big differences are with infrastructure and passenger movement. With a conventional gondola, cabins are attached to a moving ropeway. The only way to move the cabins is to move the cable and this creates inefficiencies in the system. For example, moving the cable moves every cabin attached to the cable which takes more energy and doesn't allow the system to adapt to adjusting rider needs.
Additionally, the gondola ropeway is largely restricted to straight paths, pulling a clothesline of cabins between two fixed points with little option for a customized route.
By contrast, Whoosh® uses a flexible and expandable network of cable and rail as a static guideway. Whoosh® pods are autonomous and move independently throughout a variety of route possibilities and offline stations by navigating the stationary network structure. In addition to being more flexible in terms of their route selections and options, Whoosh® also reduces energy usage and emissions by only operating the minimum number of pods to meet fluctuating ridership demands.
Uplifting & Connecting Communities
When we set out to develop a new transportation solution we went big. Whoosh® has the power to transform communities. The ease of installation and low cost of the network allows projects to place people first. Equitable planning goals, once restricted by budget constraints, are now shovel ready. With Whoosh®, pollution is removed while shared green spaces are expanded and enjoyed by all. Logistics and delivery vehicles are reduced and congestion is removed.
15 Minute walkable communities
Marginalized communities to the center
A Clean Slate
Reduced CO2 emissions for a healthier community and a healthier planet
Reclaiming the streets for expanded green space
People and packages handled with care
Improved shipment and delivery times
Reduced delivery vehicles on roadways
When planning a transportation solution, a number of key requirements begin to surface. Often times, transportation planners and developers are forced to make trade offs when deciding on a solution for their project. Whoosh® combines eight fundamental components into a single solution, making it easier than ever to choose a new path.
Vehicles wait for you for faster, better service
Reduces embodied CO2 and daily energy use
Non-stop to your final destination
10X savings in operation and build costs
Consistent last-mile delivery network
Network is not restricted to straight lines
Builds on existing multimodal networks
Easily expands as your network grows
On-demand, Personalized Routes
Using ticket vending machines or an app, a passenger can book their route - similar to a ride hailing service. The control system dispatches instructions to the nearest available pod and selects the most efficient route along the available network for taking the passenger directly to their destination for a non-stop, point to point journey.
Whoosh® can create flexible paths - transitioning from cable to rail to turn, ascend, or descend whenever needed. The ability to add offline stations and stops help to deliver passengers and goods to various locations around a district while still maintaining the ability to make non-stop trips.
Whoosh® Network Basics
Check out the video below for an example of how Whoosh® uses the network to select an optimal route for a passenger allowing for a point to point, non-stop journey. The video also shows how a network can be implemented to extend existing transportation options and how easily the network can be expanded.
Whoosh® uses offline stations to create on-demand travel with no waiting. These low cost stations are placed strategically throughout a network so there's always one located close to you - allowing for point to point trips with no stopping. Offline stations can be located at grade, elevated, or grafted into dense urban environments with the ability to integrate directly with buildings to create multi-level stop and station options.