The autonomous shuttle is called NAVYA AUTONOM.
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SHARJAH – Driverless shuttles completed their test run at the University City of Sharjah, providing students a taste of future technology in transport.
The test run, overseen by Sharjah Police, was designed to assess the operational efficiency of the driverless shuttles’ capabilities within the educational district.
The autonomous shuttles, called NAVYA AUTONOM, were developed by UAE-based smart transport company ION in partnership with NAVYA driving systems.
The shuttles are equipped with 3D vision and environment recognition; automatic route navigation; IoT sensors for optimal safety, and motion-sensor doors.
They are also emissions-free, wheelchair-accessible and have a capacity of 15 passengers.
“The smart electric shuttles have the potential to offer regular and dependable services within the city, while reducing vehicular traffic and improving air quality,” said Khaled Al Huraimel, Group CEO of Bee’ah and Chairman at ION.
The NAVYA shuttles are part of a larger fleet that has been operating at Masdar City since October 2018.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, ION’s electric vehicles and drivers were deployed, pro bono, for the transport of Sharjah Medical District’s doctors to facilitate home visits and Covid-19 testing. ION’s electric fleet was also utilised for medicine logistics services by University Hospital Sharjah for fast and efficient deliveries.
In September, ION announced a partnership with Sharjah Roads & Transport Authority (Sharjah RTA) to launch a new on-demand ride-hailing service in Sharjah, with a fleet of electric vehicles.
The service will be available in Sharjah by the end of 2020 and will expand to the rest of the UAE thereafter. ICA/WAM/Expat Media
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