Sharjah, UAE (Urban Transport News): Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, made a significant stopover at the Pilot Certification and Experience Center of uSky Technology during his journey from Prague to India. During this visit, he took a test ride of the Sky Bus, providing him with firsthand experience of the safety features and evacuation procedures.
In a tweet, Nitin Gadkari expressed his experience, stating, "Visited the Pilot Certification and Experience Center of uSky Technology and took a test ride of the Sky Bus to experience the safety and evacuation demo in Sharjah, UAE, during my en route to India from Prague."
uSky Technology has pioneered the development of Sky Bus solutions, and in a notable collaboration, iSky Mobility has partnered with uSky to bring these innovative mobility services to India.
A Sky Bus is an innovative, cost-effective, and eco-friendly urban mass transit system, bearing similarities to the traditional metro systems. However, it distinguishes itself by utilizing an elevated track with suspended cables or cars below it. Each bogie is driven by a 3-phase alternating current (AC) motor, with power provided via a third rail. The braking system is designed to be regenerative, allowing for the return of electricity to the grid, supplemented by disc and emergency mechanical braking when needed. Power is delivered to the vehicles through brushes or current-carrying wheels.
The Sky Bus offers a sustainable urban mobility solution that effectively reduces congestion, pollution, and traffic issues in urban areas. It achieves this by providing efficient transportation options for city residents. Additionally, the elevated rail cable system used by Sky Bus minimizes land usage, making it a valuable addition to the nation's mobility infrastructure.
Gadkari's visit and test ride of the Sky Bus underlines the Indian government's commitment to exploring innovative and eco-friendly transportation solutions that can enhance the quality of life for urban residents while contributing to environmental sustainability.