Will futuristic Sky Pods soon be zipping over Dubai? The visionary project is now a stage further, as the emirate inks a deal with developers.
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Skyway Greentech Company to develop a Sky Pod network.
It’s part of the authority’s drive to beat traffic congestion using hi-tech solutions that wouldn’t look out of place on a sci-fi show.
The pods – which have a top speed of 150 kmph – were first revealed by the RTA in December 2018. More recently, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed inspected the prototypes from the transport system at the recent World Government Summit.
One two-seater model moves on steel wheels on a hanging railway. For longer journeys, the Unicar can hold four to six seated riders and can travel at a speed of 150 kmph. The cable car style system is eco-friendly too – it uses five times less power than electric vehicles.
Dubai’s Ruler has previously said that 25 per cent of all journeys should be made by autonomous transportation by 2030.
That means eventually some of those journeys we now take by Metro, bus and Tram could involve Sky Pods, driverless battery-powered pods that can accommodate 10 riders or autonomous taxis. A three-month test of the aforementioned driverless vehicles is underway at Dubai Silicon Oasis.
Abdul Mohsen Ibrahim Younes, CEO of the Rail Agency signed the MoU on behalf of the RTA, and Pavel Skoypeda, general manager of Skyway Greentech Company, signed on behalf of the Company, at RTA’s head office.