National Individual floating Transport Infrastructure (NIFTI)
National Individual floating Transport Infrastructure (NIFTI)

National Individual Floating Transport Infrastructure (NIfTI)

An innovation in mobility that will revolutionise the way we travel
2021 until 2023
Project member(s)
Prof. Hussey, N.E. (Nigel)
Project type

The National Individual Floating Transport Infrastructure (NIFTI) offers both a new perspective on the future of transportation and a number of potential benefits over electric vehicles. The basic principle of NIFTI is magnetic levitation; its key innovation involves the use of the existing road network around which all our daily lives revolve. The road itself will become the engine, while electromagnetic coils embedded under the road surface will levitate and propel the individual module along the street at the precise moment that it passes over these coils.

NIFTI is expected to be far more sustainable than current electric vehicles; it has been estimated that NIFTI will only consume 3050% of the power that is required to drive a typical electric car. These modules will also have the potential to reduce congestion and road accidents.

Mobility ecosystem

The study of NIFTI’s feasibility will employ a multidisciplinary approach. Our aim is to bring this radical new form of transportation to the next technology readiness level. The project team will develop a fully working prototype that demonstrates the essential functions of the infrastructure. We will investigate the way in which this invention can be implemented in the mobility ecosystem and carefully examine the environmental impact, especially its potential impact on global resources, and compare this with the impact of electrification. We will estimate the transport capacity, and assess the land use demands and implications. We will also examine the more academic considerations of ethics, decision-making and the societal acceptance of disruptive technologies.

In the media

    Join the team!

    The feasibility of NIfTI does not only depend on the technical development, but will also be determined by the political, economic, societal, environmental and legal issues that arise with an innovation like NIfTI. Together with HAN University of Applied Sciences Arnhem-Nijmegen, 13 researchers from different disciplines combined forces to assess the feasibility and improve successful market uptake of the innovation.

    You can be part of the team! We are continuously looking for students excited by innovation and interested in performing their Bachelor's or Master's thesis on NIFTI. Contact nigel.hussey [at] (Nigel Hussey, project leader,) to get in touch!

    Value for industry

    NIfTI is a system technology and can be applied in many different areas. Think of replacement of luggage belts at airports, transportation of goods between and within distribution centres and alternative racetracks for kids. There are many ways NIfTI can add value to society and we need (industrial) partners to cooperate to take NIfTI to the next level.

    Sparked your interest? Contact nigel.hussey [at] (Nigel Hussey, project leader) for a meeting!



    Contact information

    More information on this research study? Get in touch with project leader Nigel Hussey.