Not your average morning commute…
Fancy travelling through the air to get to work? No this isn’t another zip line, it’s Dubai’s latest forward-thinking idea for public transport.
You could soon be travelling up and down Dubai in a pod suspended high up in the air. Sip your morning coffee as you fly past the skyscrapers of DIFC, Business Bay and Downtown Dubai.
The track, which runs alongside Dubai Metro, will have 21 stations and has the capacity to transit 8,400 riders per hour per direction. Reaching impressive speeds of 150 kilometres per hour, the pods can hold up to five passengers so you won’t have to worry about your personal space being compromised.
Dubai Media Office shared a video depicting how the futuristic pods will look once they are activated in Dubai.
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The sleek modern pods will follow the design of Dubai Metro stations, with tracks extending 15 kilometres in length. The Skypods require five times less power than electric vehicles and 10 times less infrastructure than the current systems in place.
Back in December 2018, the Skypod concept was shown to HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum during a visit to the RTA Metro Depot, where the Dubai Crown Prince described it as a ‘futuristic mobility system’. It’s not yet known when the pods will be completed and ready to use.
It’s the latest in a series of autonomous transport solutions in Dubai, adding to the driverless taxis already being trialled in the city. Dubai aims for 25 per cent of transport journeys in the city to be conducted by autonomous means by 2030.
Image: Dubai Media Office