Miral announced today the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with skyTran® Inc., a NASA Space Act Company, headquartered at the NASA Research Park near Mountain View, California.
The agreement will launch the study and implementation of skyTran, a personal rapid transit (PRT) system, for the first time in the Middle East on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.
skyTran’s computer-controlled, 2-person “jet-like” vehicles employ unique, state-of-the-art, skyTran Magnetic Levitation (STMLTM) technology instead of wheels. The patented, high-speed, low-cost, elevated PRT system, built at NASA Ames Research Center will have cars zipping above traffic from one destination to another in a safe, timely, and energy efficient manner across the Island. The project aims to connect the current and future destinations on Yas Island and eventually link it to Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Commenting on the MoU, Mohamed Abdulla Al Zaabi, CEO of Miral, said: “Innovation remains at the heart of what we do on Yas Island. While we continue to build world-class destinations and expand Yas Island, it is imperative that we are able to implement an urban transportation solution which is not only energy efficient but also adds another level of excitement to our visitors’ experiences.
With skyTran, we have a partner who not only shares our vision for innovation in Abu Dhabi, but are developing a service which will transform the Yas Island experience, and grow our appeal to the millions of residents and tourists who visit us from the UAE and across the world.” More info