Sharjah – The Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park (SRTI Park) has begun the pilot phase of autonomous vehicle operation as part of its strategic plan to develop an integrated smart transport system.

The operation is part of a development project to test Sharjah’s autonomous transport technologies and to introduce the Park’s strategy for smart self-driving mobility.

This project reflects the keenness of the Park to develop and manage an innovation ecosystem that promotes scientific Research and Development through transfer and localization of knowledge and support future technologies and the triple helix collaboration of industry, government, and academia.

The smart transport, produced by one of the world’s leading Dutch companies, accommodates 20 passengers, uses preprogrammed routes and is good for short distance travel.

It runs on virtual routes that can be easily programmed to make sudden transitions on demand and is equipped with all safety requirements. The sensor and intelligent transport system can handle any obstacles in its path and avoid collision.

The launch of the autonomous vehicle marks a new step in SRTI Park’s drive to use smarter public transport, in line with the government’s guidelines and strategies for self-driving mobility, thereby providing more sustainable transport solutions.

His Excellency Hussain Al Mahmoudi, CEO of SRTI Park, 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. 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.”

On the other hand, Students and researchers from the College of Engineering at the American University of Sharjah follow the launch of the pilot phase of the operation of autonomous vehicles in SRTI Park.

© Press Release 2019

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