India as a poor country is not particularly associated with the word “innovation”. There’s a lot of programmers working for Western companies, but the standard of living and social development is very low. Nevertheless, the country still boasts a technical “pearls.” For example, plans for construction of an unmanned taxi in the city of Amritsar.
Amritsar, located in northern India, is a holy city of Sikhs – followers of an Indian religions (not to be confused with the sinister Sith from “Star Wars”). This settlement is a major center of pilgrimage for devotees of both the Sikh and leisure travelers from around the world, traveling to see the so-called Golden Temple. There are days when, in Amritsar comes to 500 thousand people, and urban transport with the flow just can not cope.
That in order to solve this problem, the authorities decided to build and Amritsar in 2014 the ninth year in this city a system of unmanned taxi, which will be a serious competitor to traditional taxis and rickshaws, and rid the city of traffic jams. This system will be built exactly on this the same principle as the network ULTra Heathrow Airport . Trailers will automatically deliver passengers from station to station on special tracks built on piers. They call and exploitation will take place automatically.
In Amritsar, will create a system of seven stations, which will connect the railway and bus stations to the city center, bazaar, parking lots and the Golden Temple of Sikhs. 200 cabins, which will go on it is expected to be able to carry the day to 100 thousand passengers (about one-third of the average number of tourists in town for the day). Each of them, they will reduce to 30 minutes on a single move.
Moreover, the price for this innovative transport system will be equal to the cost of travel by taxi or rickshaw. The company has developed a system of unmanned taxi, said that by 2020 the world will create about 600 of these transport networks – a good experience at Heathrow led to her Hundreds of customers.