The future is here and promises to be quicker and more personal. The Delhi government is looking at introducing ‘city pod cars’ to modernise its overburdened transport system.
Pod cars are small automated taxis that run on a dedicated track and can seat two to 10 people.
The personal rapid transit system was introduced in 1975 in Morgantown in West Virginia, US and is popular. At London’s Heathrow Airport and Masdar City in Abu Dhabi trials are on. Closer home, the Haryana government is doing a feasibility study for Gurgaon.
With narrow elevated tracks and little space needed to raise pillars, pod cars are considered ideal for densely populated areas.
Chief minister Sheila Dikshit has called for a study on running the pod cars in congested areas such as Karol Bagh, Delhi University’s North Campus and east Delhi.
A kilometre of underground metro track costs R200 crore while the pod car system works to around R30 crore per km, a Delhi government official said.