The forward-slanting cabin nose should give the driver a 30 percent wider view of the tracks, thereby hoping to minimize collisions and other potential accidents.
For now, the R1 is just a prototype awaiting further testing. UVZ, however, plans to have the tram on track by 2015, expected to run in select cities across Russia.
Sophie-Claire Hoeller is Thrillist's associate travel editor, and spends her mornings smushed into someone's armpit, hoping not to get pink eye on the L train. Follow her @Sohostyle.