Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has released virtual reality models of the future Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) automated people mover (APM) project.
These interactive models include views of and from within the system’s three central terminal area (CTA) stations and two intermodal transportation facility (ITF) stations. The new virtual reality models can be accessed by scanning a QR code with a smartphone, which will direct the viewer to one of six models of the stations. Viewers can also enhance the experience with the use of 3D glasses.
The models offer a glimpse into the integrated campus design of the APM system, which honors the heritage and history of the CTA and the iconic theme building with its mid-century modern design aesthetic. Featuring clean lines, airy and light-filled corridors, structural glass walls and high-performance coated metal panel cladding, the APM’s stations will create visual continuity throughout the LAX campus.
The stations’ canopies cantilever and taper out 20 feet on each side of the roof, creating a floating appearance, and their smooth white metal finish improves the building’s heat island effect. Station platforms are lit via six 20-foot diameter circular skylights in the roof structure, which provide both filtered daylight and night time illumination from energy efficient LED fixtures emitting light from both above and below the canopy.
The APM, a 2.25 mile elevated electric train system that will transport travelers in and out of the LAX CTA is the centerpiece of LAWA’s LAMP project. The APM will feature six stations: three stations inside the CTA, which connect to the terminals via elevated pedestrian walkways, and three stations outside the CTA, which will connect to new off-site parking facilities, regional light rail transportation and a Conrac.
“Although the automated people mover train is still a few years of heavy construction away from being operational, technology lets us experience the future of LAX today,” Justin Erbacci, interim CEO, said in a statement. “The virtual reality experience shows the vision of a fully-connected LAX that will help solidify our airport’s status as a Gold Standard, world-class facility.”
Scheduled to open for passenger service in 2023, the APM is expected to relieve congestion within the CTA and in turn the surrounding thoroughfares, thereby reducing emissions and vehicle miles traveled.
The new virtual reality models can be accessed by scanning a QR code with a smartphone, which will direct the viewer to one of six models of the stations. Viewers can also enhance the experience with the use of 3D glasses.