Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority has unveiled its Sky Pod project which is a futuristic mobility system that will not be power- and infrastructure-intensive.
Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the RTA, said the mobility system needs an area of land 100 times less than conventional means of the same capacity. The Sky Pods’ efficiency is five times better than electric vehicles and the entire system needs infrastructure about a tenth of the size of that of conventional transit systems.
The Sky Pod project vehicles require lower eletricity than electric cars, and smaller infrastructure than conventional transit systems.
The first model of the Dubai Sky Pod Project is the Unibike, a lightweight electric vehicle that will run on rails. It gets steel wheels for the same purpose. Each unit can accommodate five passengers according to the RTA. The top speed of the Unibike is pegged at 150kph and it can ferry up to 20,000 people per hour.
The second model is the Unicar that can take passengers for a distance up to 200km. The Unicar is capable of accommodating up to six passengers and can also travel at 150kph under full load. The Unicar network can transport 50,000 people per hour, claims the RTA.
State news agency WAM said the technical specifications are currently being set after finishing the assessment of air taxi manufacturers. It did not divulge whether there were any plans for either model to be put into operation in Dubai.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum personally inspected the prototype vehicles of the Sky Pod project.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of Dubai Executive Council, was briefed on the Dubai Sky Pod project during a visit to the RTA’s Metro Depot at Al Rashidiya, the news agency continued.
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