Wednesday, 14 August 2019 | Source : Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH
Fewer trucks in city centres and transporting goods through pipes in the ground into the cities instead? A great idea for traffic-ridden cities. The Cologne-based start-up Smart City Loop is working on implementing this vision. Goods are transported through underground pipes from the periphery to the inner cities. Sound futuristic? ‘This isn’t rocket technology’, says partner Ekart Kuhn. The type of pipes that the start-up Smart City Loop wants to lay for the transport of goods have already been in existence for 20 or 30 years in the form of district heating or supply lines, says Kuhn. Smart City Loop has nothing to do with futuristic technology such as the Hyperloopby a certain Elon Musk, which aims to transport passengers in a vacuum at the speed of sound.
Ekart Kuhn estimates that the first Smart City Loops could be in operation in just a few years’ time. The Fraunhofer-Institut für Materialfluss und Logistik will provide scientific support for the development up to then.