So­lar-pow­ered pods Quay to city link

The Sunday Times - - News - JOSH ZIM­MER­MAN

IMAG­INE zip­ping around El­iz­a­beth Quay 5m above the ground in a “fly­ing” so­lar­pow­ered car.

No waiting to cross busy roads and no bat­tling through CBD foot traf­fic, just sit back and en­joy sweep­ing views as you are trans­ported to and from your ho­tel or the train or bus station.

SkyCars at El­iz­a­beth Quay are one of the in­no­va­tive ideas be­ing pitched at the up­com­ing Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Traf­fic Plan­ning and Man­age­ment con­fer­ence in Perth, an an­nual gather­ing of some of the coun­try’s lead­ing minds in the trans­porta­tion field.

The con­cept is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Curtin Univer­sity’s depart­ment of spa­tial sciences and Sin­ga­porean start-up SkyCar Global.

Trans­port mod­eller and Curtin Univer­sity and PhD can­di­date Ar­fa­nara Na­jnin, who will present the idea along­side SkyCar Global owner Michael Roach, said an aerial sys­tem like SkyCars made sense in ar­eas with high lev­els of both pedes­trian and ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic.

The plan in­volves a 5m-high alu­minium beam, sup­ported by con­crete and steel pil­lars, run­ning around El­iz­a­beth Quay with spurs to the Bell Tower and train and bus sta­tions.

Pods car­ry­ing up to four pas­sen­gers each would be sus­pended from the beam with sta­tions lo­cated at the train and bus sta­tions and be­tween the un­der-con­struc­tion Ritz-Carl­ton and The Tow­ers at El­iz­a­beth Quay.

Fu­ture shock: Artist’s im­pres­sions of how the SkyCars could op­er­ate around El­iz­a­beth Quay.

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