India plans for Driverless personal rapid transport (PRT) or pod taxis for last mile connectivity of passengers commuting to and from the upcoming Noida International Airport.
According to BJP leader and Jewar MLA Dhirendra Singh “The pod taxis are being widely used across the world as a green mode of transport as it emits nearly zero carbon footprints. It will be used for connectivity of the proposed airport from existing Metro line in Greater Noida, which is about 25 kilometres, pod taxis can provide for a great mode of transport.” He also added “The hi-tech pod taxis are used in several western countries, are cost-effective, pro-environment and convenient.”
Among other benefits of driverless pods are the accident rate in pod taxis is zero. There is no carbon emission as they are battery-operated or hydrogen and are environment friendly. They occupy less space and hence are naturally suitable for Indian cities and have feasibility in future also.
The estimated cost of construction of one kilometre route for pod taxis could cost around INR 40 crores to 45 crores as the against INR135-150 crores for Light Rail Transit or Metro Rail, INR250-350 crores for Mass Rapid Transport, and INR40-45 crores for Bus Rapid Transport.
Along with the proposed airport, a film city is also coming up in Jewar along the Yamuna Expressway. A heritage city till Vrindavan is also being developed which makes the option of having pod taxis for commutation.