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Automated People Mover Systems

Published: 16 Jan 2019

A People Mover or Automated People Mover (APM) is a type of small scale automated guideway transit system. These systems are serving areas such as airports, downtown districts or theme parks.

Automated people movers operate without drivers or station attendants. Compared with traditional rail-transportation services, they travel on a narrower span and use smaller vehicles.

APM are contributing to various areas in the following ways:

  • Reducing traffic congestion and air pollution
  • Reducing passenger bottlenecks. Mixed-mode transit expedites passenger flows at busy areas such as airports, which minimizes bottlenecks in terminals and leads to easier boarding
  • Reducing passenger anxiety and providing ease of travel. Automated people movers can enable greater numbers of passengers to move more quickly over longer distances, especially when traditional walkways or buses are not feasible. This helps passengers arrive at their destination faster and with less stress.
  • Providing passengers in wheel chairs, baby strollers, pushchairs, etc. ample space and an easy boarding on and off experience.

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United Technical Services and 2getthere

UTS has established a joint venture with 2getthere to provide, operate and service Automated People Mover Systems in the region. 2getthere, a leading developer of electronically guided people movers, markets and develops Automated People Mover Systems for personal and group transportation. These systems provide efficient, high quality, tailored transport solutions. 2getthere claims an extensive track record and is capitalizing on this experience by continuously improving its products – delivering the best possible and most suited transportation systems to its customers.


Autonomous Vehicle Types 2getthere realizes automated transit applications for Smart Cities, by applying autonomous vehicles. The applications range from Automated People Movers to Shared Autonomous Vehicles. Smart cities benefit from the reduction of car traffic, congestion and the environmentally friendly character, while developers maximize land value and reduce space wasted for non-value added activities by optimizing land usage. The first permanent PRT system at Masdar City (Abu Dhabi) opened to the general public in November 2010.


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