Sunday, January 8, 2012

India ( Amritsar ) getting world's largest driverless pod car system

India getting world's largest driverless pod car system

200 electric vehicles will shuttle 100,000 passengers a day to and from holy site.

Conjuring up memories of the driver-free taxis — Johnny Cabs — seen in the 1990 sci-fi action flick Total Recall, a huge new fleet of autonomous vehicles will soon serve the Indian town of Amritsar. Developed by Ultra Global PRT, the system of 200 electric Passenger Rapid Transit cars will dwarf the one it built at London's Heathrow airport in 2010.

Traveling along a two-mile-long system of elevated roadways between seven stations, the PRT vehicles are expected to ferry 100,000 people a day within Amritsar, location of India's Golden Temple, a Sikh holy site that attracts as many as 500,000 visitors each day during peak times of the year. Ultra Global expects 35% of the site's visitors to utilize the vehicles, which will cost about the same as conventional taxis or rickshaws to hire.

with thanks : tecca : link in the headline above for detailed news.


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