Revealed: routes planned for Dubai's futuristic Sky Pods project

Roads and Transport Authority tweets map that shows that the rapid transit system which will operate on suspended rails will operate a number of loops in the city

Dubai’s transport authority has unveiled a map showing the proposed routes to be covered by Sky pods, a futuristic urban mobility scheme planned in the emirate.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) tweeted the map that showed that the rapid transit system which will operate on suspended rails will have a number of loops across the city.

The map indicates the Sky Pods will link Business Bay with Al Wasl and covers the areas around Burj Khalifa, Dubai International Financial Centre, Bay Avenue, Marasi Drive, across Sheikh Zayed Road towards Al Wasl district, City Walk, and Coca-Cola Arena.

Last month, the RTA said it had signed an agreement with UK-based BeemCar Ltd to develop the project.

The first model of the Dubai Sky Pod project, which was displayed during last year’s World Government Summit in Dubai, is the Unibike, which can accommodate up to five riders and can travel at a maximum speed of 150km/hr and carry about 20,000 people per hour.

The second model planned is the Unicar, designed to carry passengers for a distance up to 200km and accommodate up to six riders travelling at a maximum speed of 150km/h, supporting about 50,000 riders per hour.

Speaking last month, Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the RTA, said: “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 percent 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.”

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