• Dubai unveils plans for electric ‘sky pods’

    Date:12 March 2020 Author: Leila Stein Tags:, ,

    To deal with current traffic problems, the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has released plans for futuristic-looking sky pods for their busiest districts.

    This transport system, which is described by Gulf News as a cross between a monorail and a ski lift, would have electric pods which would seat four passengers and travel at 50 km/h along determined routes through Business Bay, Downtown Dubai and Al Wasl district.

    The Dubai RTA has signed a memorandum of understanding with the British company Beemcar to develop the pods.

    Beemcar explained that the network will accommodate  around 20,000 passengers per hour.

    “Unlike a rail-based system, there is no physical track switching, the intelligent pods choose the shortest route through diverging and converging junctions, travelling directly from origin to destination, without any stopping en route,” it said.

    The cars will remain horizontally attached to the rails throughout the journey, even on inclines to avoid giving passengers motion sickness.

    The pods are designed to work in any weather, with climate control to make a comfortable environment in the cabin. The wraparound screens would give passengers perfect panoramic views of the city.

    They are also independently controlled but to avoid crashes there is a synchronous control fail safe, so if one pod stops, they all stop to avoid crashing into each other.

    The signing of this agreement and release of the route drafts is part of the RTA’s plan to make 25% of total mobility journeys to be by autonomous transport by 2030.

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