09
Dec

2009

Is Cable A Niche Technology?

Post by Steven Dale

Some might say so, but I’m not one of them.

A niche implies specificity. People assume Cable Propelled Transit to be a niche technology because, I think, they are most familiar with it in situations where a large change of elevation occurs. That change in elevation, these people would argue, is its niche.

I look at it from another perspective. Sure Cable Propelled Transit can climb mountains, but it can do other things, too. Lot’s of things. In fact, when you compare cable to rail you quickly realize that cable can be installed virtually anywhere rail can for a fraction of the price. It can also be installed in dozens of environments and locations that rail cannot be installed. Rail can really only go where it currently goes, and for a price far higher than cable.

Now . . . whose the niche technology?



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