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uSky Transport has the potential to revolutionize the way we travel

[24.07.2023]

In a recent interview with Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park, Sergei Tarasov, CEO of uSky Transport, emphasized the close collaboration between uSky Transport and the Free Zone Authority. uSky Transport CEO highlighted that the company is committed to working closely with SRTI Park to develop and implement the latest technologies and innovations in transportation. He also underlined the importance of the Free Zone Authority's support in providing a conducive environment for research and development, as well as access to cutting-edge facilities and resources. Sergei Tarasov expressed his optimism about the future of uSky Transport's partnership with SRTI Park, stating that it would pave the way for a new era of sustainable and efficient transportation solutions.

uSky Transport interview with SRTI Park
uSky Transport interview with SRTI Park

Can you briefly explain to our audience what uSky Transport Technology is and how it works?


uSky Transport & Infrastructure Technology is a transportation system that involves using a network of elevated strings or cables to transport passengers and cargo at high speeds. The system uses suspended track structure with prestressed steel strands to lift and propel pods through the strings allowing for faster speeds than traditional transportation methods. The so-called uPods are autonomous and controlled by a central computer system.


Structurally, the uSky Transport system consists of a series of elevated strings or strands that are supported by towers. The uPods are attached to the strings and are propelled forward by electric power. Due to its specific aerial design and concept, uSky tracks can pass over any obstacles and follow the natural contours of the terrain. This makes it possible to apply uSky Transport & Infrastructure Technology in areas where traditional transportation methods would be difficult or infeasible.


How does uSky Transport’s innovative system contribute to sustainability, particularly in terms of reducing environmental impact?


The uSky Transport system is designed to be environmentally friendly, with low energy consumption and zero carbon emissions. Since the system uses autonomous self-propelled electric vehicles uPods that travel on elevated tracks off the ground surface, it eliminates the need for traditional roadways, thus reducing traffic congestion and emissions. Additionally, the system is designed to be energy-efficient. This is attributable not to electric propulsion system only – yes, we are electric! But what is even more crucial – we have very minor energy losses resulting from low rolling friction. In physics, they also call it rolling resistance, or sometimes rolling drag, which is the force resisting the motion when a vehicle rolls on any surface. A turning steel wheel in contact with a steel rail reduces by 85–99% the amount of rolling friction than a rolling rubber pneumatic tire has in contact with an asphalt or concrete pavement. So, much of a car’s gasoline or diesel bill goes into bending and wearing out tires rather than transporting people or freight.


In addition to being a significant waste of energy, the rubbing of tires on pavement is also a significant source of pollution. Every time you replace your tires because they are wearing out, all the rubber that was on the tire when it was new, but has disappeared thousands of miles later, has been ground off in minute particles that have fouled the air and water. These particles stay in the environment just like a discarded tire will endure for years.


By providing a sustainable and efficient transportation solution, uSky Transport aims to promote a cleaner environment.

uSky Transport has the potential to revolutionize the way we travel
uSky Transport has the potential to revolutionize the way we travel

How does the separate space utilization in the air above the ground surface enhance the sustainability aspect of uSky Transport system?


It works in several ways:

  • Reduced land use: By utilizing the air space above the ground, uSky Transport system requires less land for its infrastructure compared to traditional transportation systems. This means fewer natural habitats are destroyed, and more green spaces are preserved.

  • Reduced noise pollution: uSky Transport system's elevated tracks eliminate the need for noisy roadways, reducing noise pollution in urban areas.

  • Reduced traffic congestion: By traveling on elevated tracks, uPods can bypass traffic congestion on traditional roadways, reducing overall travel time and fuel consumption.

  • And the last but not least, the land! There's no way around it, in some cases the most expensive part of construction is the actual land itself! Since the land uptake is minimized in case of uSky Transport & Infrastructure Technology, we are cheaper, and this makes us affordable even in developing countries.

In your view, how can cities around the world implement and benefit from uSky Transport & Infrastructure Technology in their quest for sustainability and reducing their carbon footprint?


Cities, municipalities, and even countries can partner with uSky Transport to develop and implement the technology in their urban areas. uSky Transport can provide technical expertise and support for the design, construction, and operation of the system. uSky Transport system can be integrated with existing transportation systems, such as buses, trains, and subways, to provide seamless connectivity and reduce travel time. Cities can promote uSky Transport system as a sustainable alternative to traditional transportation systems, encouraging people to use it for their daily commutes. By promoting the use of uSky Transport system, cities can reduce their carbon emissions and contribute to global efforts to combat climate change. By utilizing the air space above the ground, uSky Transport system can help create more green spaces in urban areas, improving the quality of life for residents.


The benefits of Implementing uSky Transport & Infrastructure Technology are endless.


What kind of business opportunities do you see emerging in the sustainability sector, particularly in transportation?


In my personal opinion, there are many opportunities to be mentioned here, like:

  • development and implementation of electric and hybrid vehicles: as the world moves towards a more sustainable future, there is an increasing demand for electric and hybrid vehicles;

  • development of alternative fuel sources: companies can also focus on developing alternative fuel sources, such as biofuels and hydrogen fuel cells, which can help reduce carbon emissions from transportation;

  • development of sustainable transportation infrastructure: sustainable transportation infrastructure, such as bike lanes and pedestrian walkways, can help reduce reliance on cars and promote more sustainable modes of transportation. And implementing uSky Transport & Infrastructure Technology, of course!

uSky Transport interview with SRTI Park
uSky Transport interview with SRTI Park

Lastly, could you share your vision for the future of sustainable transport and the role for uSky Transport & Infrastructure Technology in that future?


Overall, the implementation of uSky Transport & Infrastructure Technology can help cities around the world achieve their sustainability goals by reducing carbon emissions and noise pollution, combatting traffic congestion, promoting sustainable and affordable transportation, creating more green spaces, and promoting a cleaner environment.


uSky Transport has the potential to revolutionize the way we travel, offering faster, more efficient, and more environmentally friendly and affordable transportation options.

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