Dubai's RTA and Urban Mass join hands to develop Floc Duo Rail Mass Transit System

Krishtina D'Silva Posted on: 2024-01-22 16:00:00 Viewer: 2,476 Comments: 0 Country: United Arab Emirates City: Dubai

Dubai's RTA and Urban Mass join hands to develop Floc Duo Rail Mass Transit System

Dubai, UAE (Urban Transport News): In a groundbreaking move, Urban.MASS and the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) have inked a landmark agreement to spearhead the development and deployment of the Floc Duo Rail system in Dubai. This ambitious collaboration aims to position Dubai as a global frontrunner in innovative, low-carbon mass transportation, with the goal of not only revolutionizing the city's transit but also contributing to the worldwide adoption of this cutting-edge concept.

The Floc Duo Rail system introduces driverless, electrically powered pods on an elevated track, offering a sustainable solution for urban mobility. With a remarkable 50% reduction in carbon emissions compared to similar urban off-road alternatives, the system aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, making it a pivotal player in global efforts to combat climate change. The partnership with the RTA is strategically aligned with Dubai Vision 2033, emphasizing the role of autonomous and electric vehicles in shaping the city as a knowledge-based, sustainable, and innovation-centric global hub.

Abdulmuhsen Ibrahim Kalbat, CEO of Dubai’s Rail Agency, expressed enthusiasm about the memorandum's strategic significance:

“The RTA has signed this memorandum as part of its strategic plans to enhance and operate the world's first innovative transportation system called the 'Floc Duo Rail.' This step reflects the RTA's strategy for achieving sustainable development and improving the city's quality of life. The Authority reinforces its commitment to adopting the latest technologies and innovations in transportation, which enhances the passenger experience in the Emirate of Dubai.”

The signing ceremony, witnessed by key dignitaries including Oliver Christian, His Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for the Middle East and Pakistan, marks a pivotal moment in the journey of the Floc Duo Rail system from concept to reality. Ricky Sandhu, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Urban.MASS, expressed his excitement about the collaboration:

“This commitment to the adaptation and deployment of our Floc Duo Rail concept in Dubai is an exciting moment for Urban.MASS. We are grateful to our partners here in the UAE – RTA is a leading light in adopting innovative transport solutions, and we are inspired to work with their teams to demonstrate the advantages of the system. This is bigger than us as a company – it is about reducing emissions, providing efficient, low-carbon transport that uses state-of-the-art technology, boosting UK business overseas and developing new relationships. We can’t wait to get started.”

Apart from being a significant leap forward for the Floc Duo Rail system, this agreement also strengthens UK/UAE business relations, showcasing British infrastructure and design expertise in sustainable transport. Oliver Christian, commenting on the agreement, highlighted the collaborative commitment to reducing climate change:

“I’m thrilled to see UK innovation in green mobility so strongly demonstrated here today. This agreement between Urban.MASS and Dubai’s RTA is a testament to the strength of the UK and the UAE’s joint commitment to reduce climate change, paving the way for sustainable mass transit through technology that will change the way people move around the city.”

Urban.MASS is actively seeking funding via the London Stock Exchange Group’s Floww platform to expedite the development and deployment of the Floc Duo Rail system. Floww, an authorised and regulated platform by the Financial Conduct Authority, connects scaling companies with venture capital and investors based on merit and real data.

Urban.MASS, a UK-based mobility business, focuses on designing and delivering innovative, zero-emission mass transit solutions. With a commitment to creating affordable, accessible, and connected mass transit, Urban.MASS's flagship product is the Floc Duo Rail system. This flexible transit system uses high-frequency 'platoons' of passenger pods to match capacity with demand, minimizing the need for extensive infrastructure and contributing to reduced congestion and pollution.

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