22 October 2018
THE FIRST MENA AUTONOMOUS TRANSPORT SERVICE INAUGURATED IN MASDAR CITY
NAVYA and Masdar City, Abu Dhabi’s flagship sustainable urban development, have embarked on the next phase of Masdar’s sustainable mobility network with today’s formal unveiling of the first NAVYA autonomous vehicle.
A regular day service for the eco-city Masdar
Masdar City is an “eco-city” of Abu Dhabi aiming to position the city as a leader in renewable energy in the region. The 12 persons shuttle will connect Masdar City’s car park area to the city centre and will be available to the city’s 4,500 residents and workers. Working closely with Abu Dhabi Department of Transport and Masdar City, the AUTONOM SHUTTLE was customized to mitigate the effects of the Gulf’s extreme heat and humidity on battery performance. Rigorous health and safety testing was also carried out to safeguard passengers and pedestrians.
At Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2018 in January, NAVYA was selected as the winner of a global industry competition to supply Masdar City with the latest models of autonomous electric vehicles. Having successfully completed a rigorous pilot phase, the NAVYA shuttle service will be the first operational use of the technology in the Middle East and North Africa.
Implementation of Masdar City’s wider transportation strategy will see the arrival of a fleet of seven AUTONOM SHUTTLES from next year. Over time the shuttle route map will be expanded to connect the Etihad Eco Residence complex above the city’s North Car Park with the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Majid Al Futtaim’s My City Centre Masdar shopping mall due for completion in the first half of 2019.
“NAVYA is delighted to provide Masdar City with its fully autonomous and smart solutions, providing users with a new way of getting around. Masdar City is the perfect place to commemorate the first deployment of the AUTONOM SHUTTLE in the MENA region, where we expect expansion within Masdar City to be broad and decisive in the coming months.”
Jérôme Rigaud, NAVYA Group Deputy CEO
“Masdar City is built on the three pillars of economic, societal and environmental sustainability and the introduction of our first NAVYA vehicle perfectly illustrates this philosophy in action.”
Yousef Baselaib, Executive Director for Sustainable Real Estate at Masdar.
Video: Inauguration of Masdar City’s AUTONOM SHUTTLE transport service