An automated vehicle to transport people within a smart city, from concept to prototype by DEP


Personal Rapid Transit (PRT), also referred to as podcars, is a public transport mode featuring small automated vehicles operating on a network of specially built guideways. The Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) is an on-demand transportation system that combines the advantages of travelling by private car with those of public transportation. Think of it as a convenient, comfortable taxi ride – but without a driver, and with no harmful emissions.


The client came to DEP with the requirement of designing a people mover that would be used within a smart city. When dealing with people mover, the protection of people is of utmost importance. To reduce land use and congestion, while increasing safety by reducing interactions with pedestrians and non-automated vehicles. The small vehicle size allows the infrastructure footprint to be smaller than the ones of other transit modes, thus reducing the visual intrusion and construction cost. As there are no schedules or fixed routes, passengers can usually depart within few seconds after arriving at the PRT station using vehicles that await them.


Based on the requirements brief, DEP’s product engineering team set out to develop a Personal rapid transit from Complete Engineering from concept to Pre-Production, Balanced Packaging, Performance and Manufacturing process. The team built a full size proof of concept including interior trim, Styling to full Engineering Build in 10 weeks. The process involved Concept Rendering, CAE & CAD Model, Body Shell build and the Final vehicle.

people mover
people mover
people mover


DEP successfully met the requirements it faced and manufactured a final functioning prototype. The vehicle is currently being used within the smart city premises,

people mover