What is CargoCap?
CargoCap is the fifth transportation alternative to the conventional systems of road, rail, air and water. It is a safe and economical way to carry goods quickly and on time in congested urban areas by underground transportation pipelines.
This innovative concept is the outcome of the interdisciplinary collaboration in research and development at the Ruhr University of Bochum under the direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dietrich Stein supported by the current Ministry of Innovation, Science, Research and Technology of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Transportation as such is effected on the basis of individual, intelligent vehicles - the Caps. The system is independent of aboveground traffic congestion and weather conditions.
Each Cap is designed for the transportation of two euro-pallets, which represent the majority of the general inner-European cargo transportation, and can thus be directed through pipelines with a diameter of 2.0 m.