Crown Prince of Dubai, UAE, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum has attended SkyWay’s transport technology presentation.
As Khaleej Times reports with reference to the National news agency of the UAE, the Crown Prince has visited Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), where Mattar Al Tayer, RTA Director-General, explained the advantages of SkyWay technologies.
The Crown Prince was presented with two SkyWay transport modules. The first model was a unibike. It is a small, lightweight vehicle on steel wheels running along overhead rails. It has the capacity for one to five passengers. The maximum speed is 150km/h, and the traffic capacity is about 20,000 passengers per hour.
The second model was a single-section unicar, a passenger module designed for transportation over distances of up to 200km. The pod accommodates from one to six people with the possibility of adding more sections. Unicar moves with a maximum speed of 150km/h. It can service about 50,000 passengers per hour.
The Sheikh noted SkyWay string technology as a way to go beyond traditional thinking in his Twitter: “Dubai thinks out-of-the-box… It is taking bold steps with the aim of kick-starting a revolution in transportation by undertaking new projects such as the Dubai Sky pods, a futuristic mobility system that requires one tenth the infrastructure of conventional transit systems.”
As noted by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority CEO Mattar Al Tayer in a publication at the Arabian Business portal, SkyWay transport will use 100 times less ground space compared to usual modes of transport with similar throughput capacity. At the same time, SkyWay modules surpass electric cars by five times in energy efficiency and require ten times less infrastructure.
The development of SkyWay project in the United Arab Emirates is also continuing in other regions.
In mid-November, Emir of Sharjah and a member of the Supreme Allied Council of the UAE HH Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi visited Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park (SRTIP), where construction of SkyWay Innovation Center has already started.
During the meeting with member of the board of trustees of the American University of Sharjah Hamid Jafar and SRTIP CEO Hussein Al Mahmoudi, Emir discussed issues of public-private partnership in the field of hi-tech, as well as plans for the construction of the innovation park.