DUBAI, UAE - Dubai aims to be ten years in front of other cities the World Government Summit being held in the emirate was told on Monday.
An example of the innovative nature of the burgeoning city is the new transport system known as the Sky Pod, which which was given the once-over by the Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, and Dubai's Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed.
The pods, which are cable-car like, are currently being tested by the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and are on display at the summit.
The transport system, created by Skyway Greentech, operates way above the ground along a specially designed network of overpasses, with one model, the high-speed Unibus, carrying twenty four passengers at speeds of up to 150 kilometres per hour.
Skyway was also displaying another prototype, the Unibike, which can be manually propelled along suspended rails at speeds of up to 150 kilometres per hour.
"It moves on steel wheels on a hanging railway. It combines the features of a high-performance electric vehicle and sports and recreational features," Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA said Monday.
'The sky pods occupy considerably less area than modes of transport of the same capacity, and use five times less power than electric vehicles,' The National reported.
'Dubai is aiming to convert 25% of total journeys in the city into autonomous journeys on various transit means by 2030.'