Every ten years the Netherlands hosts the horticultural show Floriade in co-operation with a different city. The Floriade 2002, near the city of Hoofddorp, featured a 40 meter high observation hill with an impressive work of art at the summit: Big Spotters’ Hill. During operation from April till October, 25 CyberCabs provided transportation to the top of the observation point. The Floriade PRT system formed an alternative to the stairs, intersecting them once.
To ensure the best possible view the speed of the vehicles was limited to 11 km/h and drove outside of the track (left hand side) traveling upwards. Each vehicle accommodated 4 passengers, realizing a a maximum capacity of 600 passengers per hour, per direction. The electric CyberCabs were supplied with ‘green’ energy, with the batteries exchanged by hand every 2 hours.
A round trip to the summit of Big Spotters’ Hill by the Floriade PRT system was priced at 2,5€. The duration of a single trip was just over 4 minutes.
Passenger acceptance was excellent, with research showing both old and young using the system without any reservations.
The vehicles used a 700-meter track spiraling up the hill to transport passengers between the two bottom and top stations. The 1st generation CyberCab vehicles were specifically designed for the application, allowing passengers to enjoy the view of the Park.