A kilometer of freshly constructed, two-lane urban road with a bike lane cost about $2.4 million to build.* A kilometer of track for the Shweeb, the human-powered monorail in the sky, costs about $1 million to build, plus it’s a zero emission transportation system that can’t experience traffic jams, except perhaps from earthbound gawkers.
This is the compelling – though wacky – argument that won the Auckland, New Zealand based Shweeb a $1.05 million grant from Google.org on Friday. The search giant’s philanthropic arm gave away $10 million in total to five world changing organizations, chosen from 150,000 competitors, as part of its . Shweeb may have won Google’s heart, but can the company overcome its jokey name and outlandish concept to find success?
Shweeb Managing Director Peter Cossey told G.E.R. that the company plans to use the money for a “tangible showcase system to demonstrate an A-B transit solution that can be used into the future.” Read More »