Get, set, go!
Metro is history. Monorail is passé.
Pod taxis are the latest public transport mode you ought to acquaint yourself with.
First the Haryana Government commissioned a feasibility study on developing a 105 km network for pod taxis in Gurgaon. And now, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Diskhit is considering this alternative transportation system for congested areas. According a press statement by Ms Dikshit, a pilot project can be launched in areas like Karol Bagh, North Campus, East Delhi and Dwarka city, where metro and monorail cannot be constructed.
So, what is a pod taxi?
A pod tax is an innovative form of Personal Rapid Transit (PRT). It is a small, lightweight, computer-driven electric vehicle running on slender, special-purpose guide ways, arranged in a manner that all stations are located on sidings with frequent merging points. The taxi is designed for travel of individuals or small groups – typically not more than six passengers. The taxi has been developed by the Ultra PRT Limited Company.
First and foremost, the taxi is pollution free. With a turning radius of 5m and an empty weight of 820kg – the taxi navigates complex routes with minimal supporting infrastructure. Yes, that makes it virtually silent.
Did you know: The Metro costs Rs 300 crore per kilometre and Monorail costs Rs 170 crore for a kilometre. If the manufacturers are to be believed, a pod taxi network can be built for just Rs 30 crore per kilometre.
From the Scratch: What goes into the making of a pod taxi?
Now that we have learnt all about this cool mode of transportation, let us just hope we see them on the roads sometime soon!