Includes video of man boarding prototype car; shell doors open/close; car leaves berth, enters at-grade guidepath.
Zip Infrastructure introduced its Zippar concept last year, in appearance a cross between the popular gondola/ropeway and the styling of Unitsky. In addition to cables on straightaways, Zippar appears to employ zones with running surfaces for merges, diverges, and curves. Is it PRT? The in-track switch would indicate not (:28 of the scale model video).
West Virginia: PRT reopens with new features after more than a year of COVID closure 8-4-2021
Larger tires for stability; interior upgrades; arrival time display; wireless upgrade; evaluation of demand mode; Beechhurst Station renovations.
String Transport testing underway 7-22-2021
CNN: These futuristic pods could help cities solve their traffic problems 7-22-2021
Known earlier as String Transport and Unitsky String Transport, uSky aka SkyWay began testing in June at a UAE innovation park. Images show both passenger and cargo configurations. Is it PRT? Previous depictions of the technology cast doubt on whether uSky fits the definition of PRT, as the concrete-and-cable guideway has only been shown running in straight lines, leaving open the question of how switching would be accomplished. This finally seems to have been answered in this video, showing a gantry-like merge/diverge zone.
Sharjah aims to become the first city to roll-out high-speed skypod transport 6-8-2021
Sharjah’s sky pods to zip you through city at 120kmph; "many more regulatory requirements" 6-8-2021
Sharjah debuts UAE’s first high-speed electric sky pod 6-8-2021
uSky plans 310 mph intercity capability; bigger test system in November, commercial system in 2023. 6-9-2021
Sharjah's uSky transport technology 6-15-2021
uSky gets the cover of Aug. 2021 Construction Week 8-1-2021
UAE certification received, per @SWC_En (photo) 9-6-2021
Unitsky 'climate solution' 10-1-2021
Unitsky-supported overview in CleanTechnica on the company's string-rail concept: structure is 10 times stronger than conventional bridges and trestles; tested under freezing conditions at Techiia holding company's EcoTechnoPark in Belarus; models include suspended pods and cargo carriers of various sizes, and supported and suspended high speed GRT on truss guideway.
The Advanced Transit Association reports its efforts with the American Society of Civil Engineers, to adapt that organization's definitive Automated People Mover Standards to personal rapid transit, have been successful. Pod transit designers have objected to parts of the APM Standards for decades. Now edition 21-21 of the standards addresses 'Automated Transit Networks' by name, and removes the 'brick wall stop' requirement for ATNs. This change frees up ATN technology to potentially achieve higher speeds and capacities. PRT can now truly become urban mass transit, beyond first/last mile service. PRT designers outside the United States hoping to enter the American market would be wise to follow the APM Standards.
Vuba Corp to build autonomous pod cars in Rwanda CNBC Africa 6-2-2021
Arranging financing for PPP and doing technical development; ambitious 2024 target; hope to cover all of Kigali; goals of Made-in-Rwanda product and Rwandan ownership.
Self-driving cars might never be able to drive themselves: Marketplace reports it doesn't take much to make a driverless algorithm dumb. 5-21-2021