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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.

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uSky passenger pod. -Frame from Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park video

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Upper: uSky passenger pod. -Frame from Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park video
Lower: Merge zone. -Frame from American Univ. of Sharjah video


Merge zone. -Frame from American Univ. of Sharjah video


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The Wall Falls 5-30-2021
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.
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Per @Rwandainfra account, Rwanda's Infrastructure Minister signs PRT network MOU with Vuba. 5-29-2021
Rwanda and Vuba Corp Sign Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) to develop Smart City Mobility. 5-29-2021

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Minister of Infrastructure Claver Gatete (R) and Vuba CEO/Founder Paul Klahn -Rwanda MoI photo


Minister of Infrastructure Claver Gatete (R) and Vuba CEO/Founder Paul Klahn -Rwanda MoI photo

• Video: 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.
• Rwanda TV interview: Vuba has 18 months to deliver feasibility study under MOU. 6-2-2021
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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
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People, Pods, and Progress 5-17-2021
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