Completely geeked to participate in new eco-friendly technology at Masdar City, my touring partner for the day and I pushed the green open button on the glass enclosed parking spot number three where our pod car awaited.
Driverless pod cars are programmed to carry up to four passengers from place to place around the community. For now, the cars have two stops, but as the city grows, the area the cars service will also grow. The cars are well-appointed with lovely brown embossed leather seats, a computer screen that directs your journey, and a helpline available if there are any issues or some kind of failure with the car.
Masdar is an initiative to promote sustainable living and aspires to be the most sustainable city in the world. Just outside of Abu Dhabi, the neighborhood is home to Masdar University, an affiliate of MIT, and an increasing number of businesses who value Masdar’s eco-friendly vision.