Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, has unveiled plans for a 100-mile belt of zero-energy walkable communities for one million individuals.

The linear metropolis could have no automobiles or streets, with all residents residing inside a five-minute stroll of important services.

The 100-mile-long (170 kilometres) mega-city will include linked communities and link the Red Sea coast with the north-west of Saudi Arabia.

 It shall be part of Neom, Saudi Arabia’s totally automated $500 billion area that can span Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt and be completely powered by renewable power.

The Line will have no automobiles or streets

According to Bin Salman, who is also the chairman of the Neom firm board of administrators, development of The Line will begin within the first quarter of 2021.

The metropolis will have no automobiles or streets, with every part its inhabitants want accessible inside a five-minute stroll.

There shall be high-speed transportation, utilities, digital infrastructure, and logistics shall be seamlessly built-in in devoted areas operating in an invisible layer alongside The Line.

Drawings present automobiles pushed by synthetic intelligence (AI), a metro line and high-speed freight transportation situated underground. Overground shall be a “pedestrian layer” supported by two underground layers – one “service layer” stage of infrastructure immediately beneath the bottom and a lower-level “spine layer” for transport.

This backbone will join the totally different communities, which Neom envisages will home a million inhabitants and be stretched throughout 100 miles. Transportation from one finish of The Line to the opposite won’t ever take greater than 20 minutes, in accordance with Neom’s builders.

Bin Salman positioned the challenge as a response to problems with air pollution and site visitors accidents.

Communities powered by AI

The AI-driven transportation shall be made potential by large information harnessing. Buildings shall be carbon-positive and powered by clear power and in accordance with Neom, the format of The Line will imply that 95 per cent of the land within the Neom area, which is situated on a key commerce route, is protected.

Neom was introduced in 2017 and is a part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 drive to diversify its economic system and turn into much less reliant on oil. The space shall be populated by extra robots than individuals, and powered by photo voltaic panels and wind farms.

In 2018, British architect Norman Foster, who sat on Neom’s board, quickly suspended himself from the challenge after the homicide of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.