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Heathrow Airport unveils futuristic passenger transporter

Tue, 11 Aug, 2009

A driverless battery-powered pod that is designed to transport passengers and luggage around Heathrow Airport is on show at the Science Museum in London.

The Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system will be used to move people from Heathrow's Terminal Five to the business car park section of the airport from 2010.

PRT is a British designed futuristic pod system, which is controlled remotely by computer and is 50 per cent more efficient than a traditional bus, according to the manufacturer.

The £25 million project has been designed by Advanced Transport Systems (ATS) and the pods can reach speeds of around 45 kmh.

John Holland Kaye, commercial director of ATS said: "I am excited about the trialling of Personal Rapid Transit at Heathrow and am proud of the dedicated work of staff to deliver this pioneering project.

"When launched, the PRT trial will offer an exciting, quick and environmentally friendly option for passengers travelling from the business car park to Terminal 5."

Joe Evans

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