Cabintaxi/Cabinlift Development History

The starting point for the development of the Cabintaxi and Cabinlift systems was the long experience both companies had acquired in neighbouring fields of technology. In DEMAG's case, in the field of world-wide materials handling, especially automatic goods distribution installations, in MBB's case, in the field of subway and rapid urban railroad train construction.

1970 System analysis and product planning.

1971 Experimental trials for critical components on transport test benches. Construction of first Cabintaxi linear motor.

1972 Start of testing of full-scale small-capacity cabs.

1973 Cabintaxi test circuit, first sub-section, opened. Transit with small cabs KK 3 through rigid merging points on two lanes, one over the other.

1974 Complete test circuit in operation for overrunning and underhanging vehicles. Start of endurance testing for automatic destination-programmed cabs without operator.

1975 KK 12 cat with 12 seats subjected to tests. "Overnight" installation of the second passenger station. Construction of the first Cabinlift at Ziegenhain District Hospital.

1976 Commercial operation of Ziegenhain Cabinlift, vehicle MK 12. Cabintaxi components in endurance tests. Automatic headway control in operation. Extension of test circuit with 15% grade section. Third station and two recovery vehicles.

1977 Maturing of automation components. Certification procedures. Test vehicle MK 18 for Bremen Central Hospital. Prototype of MK 25/MK 50 vehicles.

1978 Start of construction of Bremen Cabinlift.

These development activities were supported by the Minister for Research and Technology of the Federal Republic of Germany since, 1 January 1972.


Last modified: May 26, 2001