Sky pods next transport innovation in Dubai
HH Sheikh Hamdan inspects latest technology during visit to RTA depot
Dubai Sky pods could be the next addition to the emirate’s transport network.
The futuristic mobility system was inspected by Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of the Executive Council, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The system is characterised by using an area of land that is 100 times less than conventional means of the same capacity. Its power efficiency is five times less than electric vehicles and the system requires infrastructure, which is ten times less than conventional transit systems of the same capacity.
The first model of the Dubai Sky pods Units is Unibike, a small-size, and lightweight transit mean fitted with steel wheels to move on suspended rails. They combine the features of high-performance electric vehicles, in addition to sport, recreation ones, and the electric systems powering the vehicle.
The units can be fitted with power generator likewise the bicycle and as such can be driven by the power of riders. Each unit can accommodate one to five riders along with individual transport design. They can travel at a maximum speed of 150 km/h and lift about 20,000 riders per hour.
The second model of the Sky pods Units is Unicar, which is designed to lift passengers for a distance up to 200km. The unit can accommodate one to six riders and travel at a maximum speed of 150 km/h. The network can lift about 50 thousand riders per hour.
HH also inspected the new train of the Dubai Metro which has recently arrived and is being tested at the Metro Depot at Al Rashidiya.
He checked the additions and improvements made to the interior of the metro carriages such as dedicating the last carriage to women and children and leaving part of the first carriage for the Gold Class. Other carriages were designated as Silver Class. Seat distribution was made transversal in the Gold Class, and longitudinal in the Silver Class as well as women & children’s carriage. This seat configuration will increase the capacity of each train from 643 riders to 696 riders. The exterior design of trains remained unchanged to maintain the design identity of the Dubai Metro with its familiar colours to the public.