A Japanese company will give us Maglev Tech for free
Japanese rail operator JR Tokai has said it will not charge the United States for the license of its proprietary “maglev” technology, which allows trains to hover about 10 centimeters above the tracks and travel at high speeds. speeds of 310 mph (500 km / h). according to Nikkei. He hopes the United States will use their train for a proposed high-speed rail line between Washington DC and Baltimore.
Magnetic levitation technology works by creating magnetic fields with onboard superconducting magnets, which interact with the earth coils in the rail, allowing the entire train to “float” just above the ground. And goes very fast.
On Saturday April 12, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy took a maglev train ride in Yamanashi Prefecture, according to the Japan Times. “The government is making arrangements for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to offer technological assistance when he meets with US President Barack Obama in Tokyo on April 24,” the Times added.
One group, known as the Northeast Maglev, hopes to bring such technology to the United States, to build a train from New York to Washington. here’s how Slate describes this idea:
This doesn’t have the best chance of happening in the near future, given (in part) the difficulty of financing rail projects in the United States. But maybe Japan’s offer will make a difference. As Nikkei reported, “the Japanese government intends to finance half of the estimated construction cost of 1,000 billion yen ($ 9.75 billion) through the Japanese Bank for International Cooperation “.