Driving in the city isn’t a cake walk. Gurgaon to Delhi? No way am i driving! Leave that, even driving within the city is a backbreaker! Considering the increasing population, traffic jams, the lack of traffic sense, and the fact that no amount of public transportation has been able to curb the traffic woes, National Highway Authority has put forward an expression of interest for launch India’s first driverless POD taxi system, along a 70 km stretch from Dhaula Kuan till Manesar!
The project, under Personal Rapid Transit System, entails a small vehicle carrying 3-6 passengers at a time. Currently seen in Morgantown in West Virginia since 1975, the system will now find place in India too as traffic jams are the biggest bone of contention between the city dwellers and the authorities.
The first phase of the project lies on a 12.3-km stretch from the Delhi-Haryana border to Badshapur via Rajiv Chowk in Delhi and IFFCO chowk and Sohna Road in Gurgaon.
Everything You Need To Know About The POD Taxi System To Be Launched in India
- Sized for individual or small group travel, personal rapid transit (PRT) is a transport mode combining small automated vehicles, known as pods, operating on a network of specially built guideways.
- The network consists of a number of stations or stops for passengers to get on and get off.
- The personal rapid transit system consists of driverless vehicles in the shape of pods, which can hold two to six people each, and run along a predetermined course at 80-130 km per hour.
- In India, it will work on the roadways upon the bridges. This will be a high-speed vehicle which will be beneficial for the traffic jams and moreover it will be driverless too.
- This taxi will perform various functions like arrival audio and visual warning, platform stopping, CCTV surveillance, and break down vehicles.
- The average speed of the pods is 60 kilometre per hour.
- The pod taxies will cover head network which is usually about 5-10 meters above the ground.
- These taxi’s and the networks are designed in a way that they will not be affected by adverse weather conditions. They will be able to move along dense crowded and congested roads and localities.
- Sources said that there is a plan to run 800 to 1100 pod taxies / PRT cars in the first year so that 38 thousand people can travel in one hour.
- This service will be without extra burden on people’s pockets.
- It saves fuel, cost of transportation, pollution and it will be fully air-conditioned.
Things to know
- The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has been ordered to start it on Delhi-Gurugram route(12.30km) Delhi – Haryana border to Gurgaon Rajeev Chowk. This will benefit a lot in Delhi traffic jams.
- This project is estimated to be of Rs. 4,000 crore. The entire project of Pod Taxi has been set up from Delhi’s Dhaula Kuan to Manesar.
- The public and private sector have been said to invest in this project.
- This pod taxi project is mainly a dream project of road transport highway minister Nitin Gadkari.
- In this project for technical and safety standards, a five-member committee has been set up and this project is headed by SK Dharamadhikari.
- The pod taxi will follow the American standards of safety which are laid by the American society of civil engineers. These taxies will use the Automated People Mover (APM) standards which includes the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the various sub-systems of the APM systems.
- The work on the Delhi-Gurgaon Pod Taxi corridor will be carried on Public-Private Partnership (PPP mode) as a pilot project.
Going the hi-tech way, are we? This one is definitely about to put Gurgaon high up on the chrysalis radar!
And I can’t keep calm!