In a first-of-its-kind project that looks straight out of a science-fiction film, Sharjah’s Research Technology and Innovation Park is rolling out a two-kilometre sky-pod network touted to begin operations in the coming weeks.
Trials for the futuristic SkyWay system are ongoing in Sharjah across its two-kilometre track, featuring suspended luxury pods boasting of speeds up to 500 km/h under a rail that encases eight pre-stressed wires inside a polymer solution, capable of functioning amidst extreme climates and temperatures.
Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park says the SkyWay system is set to carry passengers from March on its two-kilometre track, followed by another two-kilometre track expected to open in May.
Sharjah Government is backing the SkyWay project and they have plans of paving the track all the way from emirate to Khor Fakkan on the east coast.
Photograph credit: WAM
Unitsky String Technologies, an international transportation solutions company based out of Belarus, is the team behind the SkyWay system and they’ve engineered the network in a bid to consume “much less energy than cars,’ given its steel-to-steel friction. Oleg Zaretskiy, SkyWay Green Tech’s chief executive, says:
“There is steel-to-steel friction so it means it consumes much less energy than cars. It is a power-saving solution, with an electrical motor that can be operated partly by solar or wind energy.”
Here’s a fun fact about the pods. If a track were to be paved between Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, travelling between the three emirates would take less than 20 minutes.
That’s even lesser than half the time an average commuter spends in traffic between Dubai and Sharjah on the E311 highway on a weekday evening!
(Featured photograph credit: Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park)