Dubai Roads and Transport Authority is promoting to help the emirate ease traffic congestion – after unveiling a new high-speed rail system that will soar above the ground.
The transport authority has signed an agreement with skyTran, a global company leading plans for a hi-tech suspended transport system.
The technology – which the company aims to make a reality in 2020 – involves autonomous, zero-emission vehicles with a cruising speed of 160kph, travelling on tracks suspended high above the busy streets.
The company claims the transport system can accommodate more travellers than a typical six-lane motorway.
Abdul Younes, chief executive of the RTA’s rail agency, said the agreement was a milestone moment for the authority.
“The signing of this [agreement] highlights RTA’s continuous efforts to team with global specialist firms in developing advanced public transport technologies capable of attracting more riders by offering them safe, fast and luxurious transit experiences, besides curbing traffic congestion in the city,” Mr Younes said.
“It will enhance the integration of public transport systems, which in turn will boost economic growth, attract more investments and improve the standard of living in Dubai.”
The partnership is just the latest strategy by the RTA to develop new technologies to improve the emirate’s transportation system.
The RTA will also be accountable for providing licenses to operators and making sure they comply with regulations.
The Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy sets out to ensure more than 20 per cent of all vehicles on the road are autonomous by 2030.
The hi-tech initiative aims to bring in Dh20 billion to the Dubai economy every year and reduce transport costs by 45 percent, resulting in estimated savings of up to Dh900 million.