Dubai to use 3D printing to better its public transport services

Furthering its mission of becoming the smartest city in the world, Dubai’s transport officials have revealed their plans of using 3D printing to better the city’s public transport services.

“The new initiatives [that] the RTA intends to implement using the 3D printing technology will span [across] various projects such as a pedestrian bridge, Hatta Gates, bus stop, and marine transport station,” Abdul Reda Abul Hassan, Executive Director of Rail Projects Planning & Development at the Rails Agency and Chair of the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy Implementation Committee at the RTA, explained.

He added: “Using 3D printing technology in implementing these projects will help develop innovative methods [that are] capable of contributing effectively to promoting Dubai as the smartest city; a global hub for tourists, visitors, investors and businessmen and a leading financial, tourism and service centre in the world.”

The use of 3D technology is only the latest steps taken by the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority to ensure that the city achieves its mission of becoming the smartest city in the world by 2021.

Earlier this year, the RTA announced its plans of creating autonomous flying taxis.

Created by German specialists company Volocopter, the fully autonomous, two seater vehicles will be powered by clean electricity and unlike helicopters will have low noise levels.

In its current prototype version, the autonomous air taxis (ATT) can reach a maximum flight time of approximately 30 minutes at a cruise speed of 50kmph, and a maximum air speed of 100kmph.

According to the (RTA), the ATT service will be available to the public through a smart mobility app, which will allow customers to book flights, receive booking details and track the route of the AAT.

Previously speaking on the initiative, the director-general and chairman of the RTA, His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer said: “The Autonomous Air Taxi has a variety of unique features that include top security and safety standards, and multiple redundancies in all critical components such as propellers, motors, power source, electronics and flight controls.”

He added: “It is also fitted with optional emergency parachutes, nine independent battery systems, and a battery quick-charge and plug-in system, which takes two hours to reach full charge in the prototype version, a time that will be significantly reduced in the production version.”

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