India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Sustaining the growth are various metro cities that are responsible for a majority of the country’s income.
Gurugram, is one such city, and is the home to the Indian headquarters of several multi-national organizations like Google, Microsoft and Apple.
This obviously means that the place is bustling with millions of people who go there every day to try and make a living.
It goes without saying that where there are people, there will be traffic, and the traffic is Gurugram is infamous for it’s dense nature.
A big reason for this traffic is that there aren’t a lot of public transport options that would connect the outer part of the city to the inner regions.
This is why most people are forced to use their personal cars on a daily basis. This increases the vehicle density to such a degree that traffic jams become a daily occurrence.
To ease this congestion, the officials of the city are planning to introduce Driverless Pod Taxis for the people of the city.
This project would cover a stretch of 13kms between the city interior and exterior area, with upto 16 stations already planned.
The pods will be suspended from overhead rails, so that they don’t require special space to operate on the already limited roads between the skyscrapers.
The pods will be run at a frequent rate, as the passenger capacity is expected to be around 5-6 personal per pod only. This will give them an estimated capacity of 30,000 passengers per day.
It is yet to be seen what sort of system the pods use to power themselves, but the average speed of the pods is expected to not exceed 60 km/h.
It is understandable that a project of this scale would require quite an investment. The government is aware of this and is already planning to set aside approximately Rs 8.5 billion ($126 million) for the project.
The cost and time estimates for this project can rise further if there are any troubles with the location populace. We will therefore be keeping an eye on the matter and bring you the latest updates.