When comes to riding the future, trust the UAE to be right at the forefront. The country is exploring its first high speed electric The four-seater UCar takes less than a minute to travel the 400-metre test track at the Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park. It does so smoothly and efficiently at speeds approaching 50 kilometres per hour during tests. Longer tracks using super-strong string rail technology.
A cargo version would be capable of delivering 12-metre containers at high speed, which could take heavy goods vehicles off roads and into the sky.
Recently, uSky Transport FZE has begun operation of the test 400-meter section of the elevated transport complex.
The company conducted trial rides for media at the Sharjah Research Technologies and Innovation Park on this futuristic and state of the art transport system that promises to offer cost affordability, comfort, and convenience.
The Trail ride provided a snapshot of the regulations for the actual real time operations for the uSky passenger and cargo vehicles as well as for the maintenance issues under actual operating conditions.
Oleg Zaretskiy, CEO of uSky Transport said that the test track includes rail-string overpass, passenger stations, dispatching unit, power supply, communication, and automated control systems, passenger and cargo rolling stocks adopted for hot climate conditions. The establishment is ready to offer the tested transportation technology for everyday operation. Two more tracks that will combine passenger and cargo transportation pods are under construction and will be ready before the end of 2021.
The project is supported by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. Hence it is expected that the first fully-fledged commercial project will take place in Sharjah.
Talking to Radio 4, Zaretskiy also mentioned how he wants to take his project beyond the UAE to countries like India. He said, “There is so much scope for such a commuting option between a busy corridor like Delhi and Agra where daily road accidents are reported,” adding that uSky Transport technology can provide safe and fast options for travel for the people of India as well.
He stressed that the engineering solutions by uSky Transport already makes it possible to build roads with the cost that is by third cheaper compared to conventional monorail roads and two times lower than railways o highways.