San Jose City Hall with a Pod Car Network (Courtesy of Paul Albulet)

Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) is the future of transportation and will lead the way into a more sustainable future. PRT was first implemented in West Virginia University in the 1970s. Since then, it is a technology that has been undergoing constant development and refining. Spartan Superway is committed to demonstrate how PRT powered by sustainable energy is not only possible, but necessary in our fight to mitigate the impacts of climate change. With the core technologies of Spartan Superway PRT described below, Spartan Superway is willing to go the extra mile to make PRT a reality.


The bogie in a PRT system represents the chassis that connects the pod to the guideway. The bogie should be able to navigate the guideway and switch to a different path depending on its destination. When combined with our software, the bogie can operate autonomously without human intervention. It may receive its route over wireless networks and reach its destination while communicating with other bogies to ensure the safety of passengers.


The guideway used in a PRT system is known as a passive guideway. Unlike railroad tracks and other guideways, the track has no moving parts and is not responisble for changing the podcars path. These guideways are suspended in the air to allow these structures to be built in a wide range of locations. They do not replace current transportation, but coexist with them.

Switch Arm

The switch arm is a simple mechanism on the bogie that allows it to switch to a different path. The switch arm smoothly follows the apparatus that allows the bogie to go to a different pathway. It should also be strong enough to suspend the bogie in the air.


Spartan Superway has developed a proprietary routing algorithm that will work as the brain of our bogie. The algorithm allows the bogie to reach its destination in a fast and efficient way. It also accounts for any changes in traffic flow and congestion.