Photos: Sky pods are coming to Dubai soon, deal signed
Published on February 26, 2020 at 17.00
Dubai has just taken a step forward in its quest to have a sky pod system.-Video screengrabs retrieved from @DXBMediaOffice/Twitter
On February 26, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) signed an agreement with one of the biggest developers of sky pods in the world, BeemCar Ltd, to build the suspended transport mode.
The light-weight power-efficient pods would be mounted with steel wheels that run on suspended rails.
The operation of the units would occupy a land area that is “several times lesser” than conventional means of the same capacity.
According to the RTA, the agreement would step up cooperation in developing “futuristic mobility solutions”.
The sky pod system would be “characterised by speed, safety and efficient use of resources”, the authority added.
“The signing of the agreement is part of the RTA’s efforts to deploy autonomous transit means in line with the Dubai Self-Driving Transport Strategy aimed at diverting 25 per cent of total mobility journeys in Dubai to autonomous transit means by 2030,” said Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA.
Chris Heaton-Harris, Minister of State at the Department for Transport, UK, witnessed the agreement signing.
“This exciting collaboration will evaluate the feasibility of an aerial transit system based on BeemCar’s unique expertise. This is another example of the UK’s continued commitment to forging partnerships with the UAE across a broad range of innovation and technology,” said Harris.