Miral announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with skyTran Inc., a NASA Space Act Company in Mountain View, California, to launch a study and implementation of skyTran on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
“Innovation remains at the heart of what we do on Yas Island,” Mohamed Abdulla Al Zaabi, CEO of Miral, said. “While we continue to build world-class destinations and expand Yas Island, it is imperative that we are able to implement an urban transportation solution which is not only energy efficient but also adds another level of excitement to our visitors’ experiences.”
skyTran is a personal rapid transit (PRT) system with computer controlled, two-person “jet-like” vehicles utilizing levitation technology instead of wheels. The low cost system promises to deliver passengers safely and efficiently to their destination.
“skyTran truly is a smart transportation solution for smart cities and we are proud to be able to bring this path-breaking technology to the Middle East for the first time,” skyTran CEO Jerry Sanders said. “With our access to NASA’s cutting-edge technology and expertise, we are able to introduce a solution on Yas Island which paves the way for Abu Dhabi to define the Middle East’s innovative mode of transport for the future.”