12 Feb '18, 4pm

Autonomous swarming electric pods: halfway between train and car?

John Voelcker Feb 12, 2018 Follow John Add to circle There are cars and trucks, and then there are trains and buses. While multi-seat vans and wagons can serve the purpose of buses carrying multiple unrelated people, a California company has come up with an entirely new concept. The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority announced yesterday it would test what maker Next Future Corporation calls the world's first autonomous electric transport pods. DON'T MISS: Electric-car incentives added in, remarkably, oil-rich Dubai Running in dedicated lanes, the NX1 pods are intended for short- and medium-distance trips. Pods can couple themselves together within 15 seconds to form a sort of train, with one or more then uncoupling to head for different destinations in as little as 5 seconds. Cameras and electromechanical linking devices control the coupling and uncoupling, and safety sys...

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