Visitors to Alula can now experience the future of sustainable, zero-emission mobility with the launch of a new, fully autonomous pod vehicle service.

The innovative pilot scheme provides passengers with a quick and easy link to Alula’s Old Town from the south car park. The service is part of the Royal Commission for Alula’s (RCU) comprehensive Journey Through Time (JTT) masterplan to develop a range of fully integrated, accessible and environmentally friendly public transport options.

Serving the local community, business travellers to Alula as well as visitors exploring the area’s stunning natural scenery and attending AlUla Moments, which includes Winter at Tantora, Alula Arts, Alula Skies and Alula Wellness Festival, the smart pod operates from and 4pm to midnight each day. Electric powered, the pod can carry up to 22 people (8 seated 14 standing) although capacity will be limited to eight during the pilot scheme.

Passengers can ride the pod free of charge along a circular route. Each leg takes just three minutes to cover 1km. As the pilot continues, the pod service will be expanded to other areas of Alula including Dadan, Hegra and AlJadidah later in the year.