Unmanned electric pods that zipper from road to railroad track will be common in cities across the UK within the next decade as part of a new project that the government believes could revolutionize urban transport. It can be a spectacle.
British startup Urban.MASS has announced plans to open its first site in 2025 at Locomotion, a branch of the National Railway Museum in Shildon, Durham.
It’s been 200 years since the Rocket made its first trip to the same place.
Self-driving pods, capable of carrying up to 16 passengers, can move independently on the road and link to each other to move along specially constructed ground or elevated railroad tracks.
Future passengers can use the smartphone app to call the pod (or book online at a pre-determined time). This is the same way you call Uber in exchange for prices set in the towns and cities where Uber operates.
The Syldon site consists of three stations. One on the ground, one on the ground, and the third between the two, allowing the pod to switch between ground and elevated rails to move beyond traffic.
If the Syldon project is successful, Bristol, Liverpool, Cambridge, Oxford and Cardiff will be one of the first cities in Urban. MASS wants expansion.
Solar pods can also be charged from the National Grid, but the company is optimistic that the panels may generate enough power to sell back to the grid.
The technology, called flock, claims that it can be deployed in half the time and at half the price of traditional rail projects, reducing congestion, air pollution, and carbon emissions in the process.
Kevin O’Grady, CEO of Urban.MASS, said the elevated rails are bolted to the city and can be extended or lowered to meet the needs of the city, eliminating the need for tram lines that impede traffic. explained.
“The beauty of this project lies in its flexibility. If you go deeper into the center of the city, you can dive underground in a much smaller tunnel,” he said. Me..
“Hopefully, by 2025, we can see that UK innovation is still alive and that all vehicles, components and parts are manufactured in the UK after the pandemic and after Brexit.
“It’s great to see history repeat and the latest version of the railroad is exported to the world again.”
The company met with Mayor Bristol and the government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industry Strategy (BEIS), O’Grady added.
He said he promised to “do everything he could to make the system a reality” if the government succeeded in securing key investors.
“It has the potential to comprehensively transform the A-to-B transition in cities around the world,” said Nicholas Robb, senior policy advisor for construction finance at BEIS.
“The project at Shildon, along with Urban.MASS’s exciting global development program, led the UK to lead the global mass transit revolution in the 21st century, built on the innovations of its 19th century ancestors, and the next generation of mass transit. Allows technology to be exported worldwide. “