Representatives from 140 countries and international organisations attended the World Government Summit held in Dubai, UAE.
Innovations in science, technology and global governance were discussed at the event, held on 10-12 February.
As part of the summit, Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) presented the new project Dubai Sky Pods. This is an overpass transport system, developed by SkyWay Technologies Co.
RTA director-general Mattar Al Tayer has introduced Dubai Sky Pods to Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister. He was shown two models of SkyWay transport, a double-passenger unibike and a six-seater unicar. These vehicles can move at speeds of up to 150km/h. The new type of vehicle is driverless. The modules are controlled by an on-board computer and an automated control centre.
Al Tayer pointed out: “The Sky Pods initiative is part of RTA’s efforts to provide autonomous transport, one of the key aims of the Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy aimed at converting 25% of total transportation services in Dubai into autonomous journeys on various transit means by 2030.
“It is also part of RTA’s efforts to enhance the integration of public transit means, and offer solutions for short journeys (first and last mile) enabling public transport users to reach their final destinations.”
Arab media highlighted: “The system occupies considerably less area than conventional systems of the same capacity. It is also characterised by higher power efficiency as it uses five times less power than electric vehicles.”
In addition to the transport modules presented in the UAE, SkyWay Technologies has developed six passenger and two cargo vehicles. Among them, a high-speed unibus, which is a module capable of accelerating to 500km/h. The capacity of passenger modules ranges from two to 72 passengers. Modules can be combined into trains.
The new type of transport was created for moving along special overpass routes. Such tracks are inexpensive, lightweight and durable thanks to SkyWay technology. Both light passenger pods and heavy cargo modules can run along them. Now Belarusian developers are conducting performance trials with the rolling stock adapted to the Middle Eastern climate.