Darragh Murphy16 Jun 2019 AT 11:22 AM

Sky Trains will be Dubai’s new form of transport

RTA has signed a deal for a futuristic, pod-based rail network
Darragh Murphy16 Jun 2019 AT 11:22 AM
Sky Trains will be Dubai’s new form of transport

Dubai’s Metro and Tram system won’t be the only way to get around town for long, as the Roads and Transports Authority (RTA) have signed a deal for a brand-new futuristic mode of transport.

Named the skyTran, the driverless pod-based rail network is the first public transit system that’s “as personal as a car”, and there’s no schedule as the system is designed to be on-demand. That means no waiting around.

The individual skypods won’t need to pick up or drop off other travellers either, which means no stops on the way to a passenger’s destinations.

Stations are narrow, and will be fitted on sidewalks so travellers will only be a stone’s throw away when they need to a quick ride downtown.

Check out a preview of skyTran right here.

Each pod will travel at an average cruise speed of 100mph, and use magnetism-based tech so they basically travel on air. That means there's no noise, and it’s set to be completely smooth and emission-free. We can get on board with that.

“The signing of this MoU highlights RTA’s continuous efforts to team with global specialist firms in developing advanced public transport technologies capable of attracting more riders by offering them safe, fast and luxurious transit experiences, besides curbing traffic congestion in the city,” said Abdul Mohsin Ibrahim Younes, CEO of the RTA’s Rail Agency.

There’s no comment on when the new system will be set up, but with RTA aiming to make 25 percent of transport driverless by 2030, we could see it start developing over the next few years.

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