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Dubai’s RTA, UK-based BeemCar partner to develop skypods

Dubai’s RTA, UK-based BeemCar partner to develop skypods

The Dubai Self-Driving Transport Strategy aims at diverting 25 per cent of total mobility journeys in the emirate to autonomous transit means by 2030

Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has partnered with UK-based BeemCar to develop sky pods built on suspended transport technology, Dubai Media Office reported.

The partnership will help foster urban mobility systems and develop autonomous transit means in Dubai.

Operations of transit systems such as sky pods occupy less land area than its conventional peers. In addition, they are power-efficient, smaller in size and weight, and are mounted with steel wheels that run on suspended rails, a statement 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 per cent of total mobility journeys in Dubai to autonomous transit means by 2030,” said Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors, RTA.

Dubai’s transport authority has been at the vanguard of introducing technology-fuelled initiatives to encourage the usage of public transport means.

Earlier this week, RTA and car-hailing app Careem launched a bike rental service in Dubai, offering 780 pedal assisted bikes over 78 stations, furthering RTA’s commitment of building cycling lanes currently extending 425km and expected to rise to 674km by 2023.

Read more: RTA, Careem launch bike rental service in Dubai

In January this year, RTA announced its intent to introduce an eParking ticket, aligned with its initiative to upgrade parking metres with interactive touch screens.

Also read: Dubai’s RTA to launch eParking ticket

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