SRTI Park launches pilot phase of autonomous vehicles
Smart vehicles use pre-programmed routes to transport up to 20 passengers over short distances, and can avoid obstacles
The Sharjah Research, Technology, and Innovation Park (SRTI Park) has begun the pilot phase of its autonomous vehicle operation as part of a strategic development project to build an integrated smart transport system, introduce smart self-driving mobility, and test the emirate’s autonomous transport technologies.
The smart vehicle – produced by Netherlands-based 2GetThere, which is part of the ZF Group – uses pre-programmed routes to transport up to 20 passengers over short distances.
The virtual programmed routes can be modified, if there’s a need to make transitions on demand. The vehicle also comprises sensors and an intelligent transport system that can avoid obstacles and collision along its path.
The sustainable transport project reflects the keenness of the SRTI Park to manage an innovation ecosystem; promote scientific research and development; localise knowledge; and support future technologies through the collaboration of industry, government, and academia.
Commenting on the launch of the autonomous vehicles, the chief executive of SRTI Park, HE Hussain Al Mahmoudi, said: “The experimental operation of this type of vehicle is an important part of its plan to develop an integrated transportation system based on new innovative technologies and test them in a research process involving the private and academic sectors, through the involvement of students.”
Al Mahmoudi added: “This launch translates the Park’s strategy and vision and to become a regional development center for future science and innovative technologies by creating an environment suitable for research and development and through a package of accelerators in cooperation with the private, public investment sector, and the academic sector.”