skyTran is coming to Yas Island
To infinity and beyond!
Yas Island is getting a personal rapid transit (PRT) system that – get this – will have you skipping traffic queues by zooming around driverless pods that are attached to an elevated track.
The island’s developer, Miral, announced the space age initiative today.
The company has signed a memo of understanding with skyTran, a NASA Space Act company, to launch a study and implementation of the PRT system on the island.
So what can you expect? Something out of The Jetsons. The energy efficient and low cost transport system will feature driverless units that will travel along a length of raised magnetic lines.
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The futuristic “jet-like” pods, which are computer controlled, will be able to accommodate two people and will travel at high speeds. The vehicles will use skyTran Magnetic Levitation technology and move above traffic lanes.
The project – which will be the first of its kind in the Middle East – is expected to connect to main attractions on Yas Island as well as eventually be linked to the Abu Dhabi International Airport.
“While we continue to build world-class destinations and expand Yas Island, it is imperative that we are able to implement an urban transportation solution which is not only energy efficient but also adds another level of excitement to our visitors’ experiences,” said Mohamed Abdulla Al Zaabi, CEO of Miral.
The project is being billed as an eco-friendly solution to accommodate growth on the island as yearly visitors to the destination are expected to surpass over 30 million guests by 2018.
Jerry Sanders, CEO of skyTran added, “We are proud to be able to bring this path-breaking technology to the Middle East for the first time. With our access to NASA’s cutting-edge technology and expertise, we are able to introduce a solution on Yas Island which paves the way for Abu Dhabi to define the Middle East’s innovative mode of transport for the future.”