Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with personal rapid transit (PRT) developer Skytran to introduce suspended transport systems in Dubai.

The MoU was signed in the presence of Abdul Mohsin Ibrahim Younes, chief executive officer of RTA’s rail agency, and John Cole, CEO of Skytran.Skytran’s vehicles have a cruising speed of 160kmph, and feature Proprietary Magnetic Wings that allow the electric units to move along the track on a cushion of air.Supported 20-30 feet above-ground, the system can transport more people than a six-lane highway.

small size of the vehicles means they require minimal ground infrastructure, such as small concrete foundations and support poles at every 50m.Remarking on the MoU, Younes said: “The signing of this MoU highlights RTA’s continuous efforts to team with global specialist firms in developing advanced public transport technologies capable of attracting more riders.”

Cole added: “We are excited to sign this MoU with RTA and [hope to] play an active role in realising RTA’s ambitious projects and initiatives in the field of public transport.”The development is part of Dubai’s Self-Driving Transport Strategy, which aims to convert 25% of journeys in Dubai to driverless experiences by 2030.Younes said the development of Skypod, a set of suspended driverless transport systems, was also part of the same programme.

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