When we first heard about Masdar City, Abu Dhabi's high-tech, carbon neutral town of tomorrow, one of the most futuristic features it promised was a "Personal Rapid Transit" system: a fleet of small, electric, driverless "pods" that would take passengers on individual trips anywhere within its extensive network.
Triple Pundit's Nick Aster reports that the one PRT track that's functional is "a mere 800m long, and hilariously only connects two stations which are barely a 5 minute walk apart." So far, this is not a working solution to the urban transportation problem. But who knows, perhaps if the building industry hadn't collapsed Masdar would have something very different. And perhaps it still can be made to work. At least the video is kind of soothing.