As part of India’s attempt to improve public transportation, Varanasi, Nagpur and Gurugram have been shortlisted to test the ambitious rapid transport systems using pod cars—driverless vehicles that run along a pre-determined course.
Varanasi is the Lok Sabha constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi while Nagpur is that of transport minister Nitin Gadkari. The three cities may see the first rapid transport systems using pod cars being built by US space agency Nasa’s SkyTran and UK’s Ultra Global PRT, initially over a 1km test stretch each.
“The expert panel formed to lay down safety standards for pod taxis in the country has shortlisted the two cities in addition to Gurugram for the companies to build a prototype for a 1km stretch to showcase their technology. Two of these three cities will finally showcase the prototypes from the respective firms,” said a senior government official requesting anonymity. Read More…
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