Solar-powered pods Quay to city link
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.