International News-Daily Digest: 2 Key Updates
1. Gevora, the world’s tallest hotel, opens in Dubai
Gevora Hotel, the world’s tallest hotel was inaugurated in Dubai. It has 75-storeys and stands 356 metres, or nearly a quarter of a mile tall.The hotel is within view of its predecessor, Dubai’s JW Mariott Marquis – just one metre shorter.
Dubai is also home to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, which pierces the city skyline at 828 metres (half a mile) high.
2. World’s first autonomous pods unveiled in Dubai
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) launched the first tests of the world’s first autonomous pods at the World Government Summit.
The autonomous pods – launched in cooperation with Next Future Transportation-are designed to travel short and medium distances in dedicated lanes. They can be coupled together in as little 15 seconds or detached- depending on the riders’ destination – in five seconds. Each pod is fitted with cameras and electromechanical technologies to carry out the coupling and detaching, which can be activated while the pod is in motion.
Each pod has an average speed 20 kilometres per hour, and measures 2.87 metres in length, 2.24 metres in width and 2.82 metres in height, and weighs about 1,500 kilograms – enough to carry 10 riders. The autonomous pod is fitted with a battery that supports three hours of operation, and can be charged in just six hours.
The pods form part of Dubai’s larger strategy of making 25 percent of all journeys in Dubai autonomous by 2030. RTA has signed an agreement with the US-based Next Future Inc. to develop the units as part of the initial phase of Dubai Future Accelerators.