Dubai's Road And Transport Authority (RTA) has inked an agreement with UK-based BeemCar Ltd to develop sky pods. This agreement will step up the UAE's initiatives to develop a futuristic mobility solution built on suspended transport technology.
RTA has shared a short video on how this futurist transport system will work in Dubai.
Sky pod operations would need take up less land than conventional means of the same capacity. They are also power-efficient, small in size and light in weight, and mounted with steel wheels that run on suspended rails.
First two models of sky pods, Unibike and Unicar, were displayed at the last year's World Government Summit in Dubai. While Unibike can accommodate up to five passengers, can travel at a maximum speed of 150kmh and carry about 20,000 people per hour, Unicar can accommodate six passengers, can travel at a speed of up to 200kmh and can carry 50,000 passengers per hour.
"The Strategy aimed at diverting 25% of total mobility journeys in Dubai to autonomous transit means by 2030. The move corresponds to RTA’s efforts to enhance the integration of mass transit modes, and offer a solution to the first and last-mile challenge; which helps riders reach their final destinations", says His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).