Dubai to introduce Sky Pods
DUBAI: Holding the record as the world’s longest driverless metro line, Dubai is about to outdo its own record with the introduction of Sky Pods, the AI-powered autonomous vehicles traveling at speed of 150 kph.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, described the pods as “a futuristic mobility system that requires one tenth the infrastructure of conventional transit systems.”
The project is part of the Roads and Transport Authority’s (RTA) continuing research on how to utilize artificial intelligence, autonomous mobility and shared mobility/transport for public benefits.
“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,” tweeted Sheikh Hamdan who inspected this month two models of Sky Pods that will be introduced in the city which will host World Expo in 2020.
Unibike, the first Sky Pod model, can hold 1 to 5 riders traveling at maximum speed of 150 kph. In an hour, that could translate to 20,000 riders.
Unicar, the other model, is designed to travel up to a distance of 200 km, with 6 maximum passengers. That’s about 50,000 riders per hour traveling at maximum speed of 150KPH.