Masdar Metropolis was designed to be a cleantech geek’s dream come true–it is going to be nearly totally powered by renewable vitality, cooled by towers that draw wind into breeze corridors, and navigated by quite a lot of futuristic mass transportation choices. The Private Fast Transit system–all-electric, driverless pod automobiles that may ferry denizens round Masdar alongside magnetically guided traces–was the transportation proposal that maybe attracted essentially the most pleasure. And for good motive: the PRT is modern, low-carbon, and fairly rattling enjoyable to trip. I had the great fortune of testing it out throughout an in depth tour of Masdar Metropolis yesterday–it went one thing like this:
Nick Aster of Triple Pundit was on the tour as effectively, and he put collectively this nice video of the PRT trip (sadly, Air’s electro-lounge background music wasn’t included within the real-life expertise–however if you happen to needed to choose a single track that needs to be, this one’s received my vote…).
Now, the PRT has been the topic of a lot hypothesis, and it appears as if plans to undertake the system to the dimensions initially envisioned (three,000 models making 150,000 journeys a day) have largely been deserted. They’re made by the Dutch firm 2GetThere, and are basically little electrical automobiles, every powered by lithium-phosphate batteries. Because it stands, there are only a handful of the autos ferrying the marginally bigger handful of people that at present dwell in Masdar between the 2 stations–whereas we waited, some residents did hop on the PRT.
Granted, there’s just one cluster of buildings constructed to this point in Masdar, so it was a brief trip. But it surely amply demonstrated the consolation, smoothness, and common I-feel-like-I’m-in-the-future-ness one would count on from using the PRT.
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[Image by Brian Merchant]