Masdar City, Abu Dhabi’s flagship sustainable urban development, has embarked on the next phase of its sustainable mobility network with the formal unveiling of its first NAVYA autonomous vehicle. The ‘Autonom Shuttle’ was inaugurated in the presence of dignitaries representing the Department of Transport, Abu Dhabi Police, and the French Embassy. Also attending were Khaled Al Qubaisi, Chief Executive Officer for Aerospace, Renewables & ICT at Mubadala Investment Company; Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company); Mohammed Darwish Al Qamzi, General Manager of Integrated Transport Centre, Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi and Jérôme Rigaud, Deputy CEO of NAVYA Group.
Designed by the French autonomous vehicle pioneer NAVYA, the Autonom Shuttle is a self-driving electric vehicle dedicated to first and last-mile transportation. It has the capacity to carry up to 12 people with 8 seated and is fully autonomous with a top operational speed of 25 kilometres per hour, said Masdar.
Having successfully completed a rigorous pilot phase, the NAVYA shuttle will shortly begin a regular all-day service linking Masdar City’s parking areas with its main podium. The service is said to be the first operational use of the technology in the Middle East and North Africa.
“With urban mobility at the forefront of the sustainability conversation in the UAE and worldwide, and with the business, residential and research community at Masdar City continuing to flourish, Masdar is building on its legacy as a catalyst for clean-tech innovation to bring cutting-edge and commercially viable autonomous mobility to the streets of Masdar City,” said Yousef Baselaib, Executive Director for Sustainable Real Estate at Masdar.