Taiyou Ropeway Provides Open, Solar-Powered Views of Very High Places

This design concept from Fredrik Hylten would replace the trusty mountain gondola with an open-faced, sun-powered pod that, thankfully, has some beefy-looking safety harnesses.

Taiyou Ropeway Provides Open, Solar-Powered Views of Very High Places

Taiyou Ropeway Provides Open, Solar-Powered Views of Very High Places

Taiyou Ropeway Provides Open, Solar-Powered Views of Very High Places

Taiyou Ropeway Provides Open, Solar-Powered Views of Very High Places

The pod has two seats and a sliding floor. The two wires are better than what a ski lift-style gondola might offer, the designers says, because it's more stable in high winds and allows the support towers to be spaced further apart.

Still, while nice to look at, that open-face design will take a bit of convincing on the part of the passengers, we think. [The Design Blog]