RTA pact to develop Sky Pod network over Dubai

By Eudore R. Chand

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DUBAI 27 February 2019: Sky Pods over the roads of Dubai have come one step closer to reality with the signing of a cooperation agreement by Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) with BeemCar Ltd, one of the biggest developers of sky pods in the world.

The signing was witnessedby Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, RTA Director-General and Chairman; and Chris Heaton-Harris, Minister of State at the Department for Transport, UK.

The signing of this agreement would step up cooperation in developing futuristic mobility solutions through sky pods built on suspended transport technology. They are characterised by speed, safety and the efficient use of resources.

Abdul Mohsen Ibrahim Younes, CEO of Rail Agency, signed for RTA; and Robin Brownsell, CEO of BeemCar Ltd, signed on behalf of the company.

According to the agreement, the company will develop sky pods; a futuristic urban mobility system in Dubai. The operation of such units occupies land area several times less than conventional means of the same capacity. They are also power-efficient, small in size and light in weight, and mounted with steel wheels that run on suspended rails.

“The signing of the agreement is part of RTA’s efforts to deploy autonomous transit means in line with the Dubai Self-Driving Transport Strategy aimed at diverting 25% of total mobility journeys in Dubai to autonomous transit means by 2030. The move corresponds to RTA’s efforts to enhance the integration of mass transit modes, and offer a solution to the first and last-mile challenge; which helps riders reach their final destinations,” said Al Tayer.

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Al Tayer acquainted the British delegation with RTA’s trials on the autonomous air taxi along with its operational requirements including rules and policies, coordination with federal and local aviation authorities as regards legislation governing air corridors, design and locations of take-off and landing points, and safety standards.

The visiting minister was also briefed about RTA’s soft mobility project for developing an integrated and friendly environment using unconventional transit means like walking, cycling and e-scooter besides addressing the first and last-mile challenges. He also reviewed RTA’s efforts in building cycling lanes extending 425 km; which are expected to rise to 674 km by 2023.

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