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The Heathrow Ultra Pod

The Heathrow Ultra Pod is a state-of-the-art transport system that provides a vital link between Terminal 5 and the T5 Business Car Park. Commissioned by BAA and developed by UK makers Ultra Global, the system includes 21 vehicles, 3.8 kilometers of guide-way, and three stations – two in the T5 Business Car Park and one at Terminal 5.

Fast, reliable and environmentally friendly, the Ultra Pod is a new type of transportation technology consisting of small, lightweight, driverless electric vehicles running on special-purpose guide-ways. Unlike conventional shuttles, it delivers non-stop transportation on-demand, while enabling passengers to travel in their own personal vehicle with no waiting. Carrying some 800 passengers per day, the Ultra Pod has so far transported more than half a million people and has received universally excellent feedback from users.