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Published on Sep 14, 2011
Heathrow has launched its Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) pod, the first new example of transit technology in 100 years.
The pods will carry the 500,000 passengers travelling between the Terminal 5 Business Car Park and the main terminal each year. Each temperature-controlled Heathrow pod has been designed for privacy and comfort and allows passengers to select their own direct destination.
There are no timetables as a central computer ensures that pods are distributed at each station according to passenger demand. When waiting for a passenger, the pods recharge themselves at battery points, so are always ready to go.
The Heathrow pods were designed and built in Britain by ULTra PRT.