At the award ceremony which took place in London on the 11th October, Ultra Global’s Heathrow pod was Highly Commended in the ‘Most Innovative Transport Project’ category of the National Transport Awards 2012.
Launched at Terminal 5 in April 2011, Heathrow pod is a network of 21 low-energy, battery powered, driverless, zero emission, transport vehicles. They carry four passengers and their luggage along a dedicated 3.8km guide way between the main terminal and its business car parks. Each pod is controlled by an internal computer and onboard sensor systems.
This year, the Pods will carry their ½ millionth passenger and continues to grow in popularity with several countries lining up to use the advanced technology. Work has started on the project to deliver the world’s first urban PRT system in Amritsar, India.
The Heathrow pod was showcased at the Global Business Summit on Infrastructure this year as an example of the best of British business to the world to develop strong international partnerships for future growth. The event drew delegates from Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Russia and Ghana.
For Ultra it is an honour to be recognised at the National Transport Awards, which follows on from our success in winning in the ‘Most Innovative Transport Project’ category at the London Transport Awards earlier in the year.
For more information on the awards click here.