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The Navya Autonom Shuttle in Masdar City.

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Driverless shuttle service launches in Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City

 

DUBAI – A driverless shuttle bus is now plying the roads of Abu Dhabi’s eco-neighbourhood of Masdar City after a successful launch.

The Navya Autonom Shuttle runs on a top speed of 25 kilometres per hour and can accommodate up to 12 people.

The driverless shuttle bus uses cameras and sensors to move around the area without bumping into obstacles. It also uses GPS technology to communicate with traffic lights.

The shuttle bus will provide a daily service between Masdar City’s parking area and the main podium.

Ibrahim Sarhan Alhmoudi, acting executive director of the Abu Dhabi Department of Transport’s Surface Transport Sector, said driverless transport will become a staple of everyday life by the end of the next decade.

There are plans for seven more shuttle buses next year, with the network to connect the Etihad Eco Residence complex to the International Renewable Energy Agency and My City Centre Masdar mall. GAD/Expat Media

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