Abu Dhabi pushes forward with electric and autonomous vehicles
Department of Transport and Masdar to collaborate on new transport technologies
Abu Dhabi's Department of Transport and Masdar, Abu Dhabi's Future Energy Company, have signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate in the study, testing and evaluation of sustainable, electrical and autonomous transport technologies.
The agreement was signed at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2018 by HE Khalifa Mohamed Al Mazrouei, Undersecretary of the Department of Transport, and Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar.
The partnership will cover a range of initiatives, including the establishment of pilot projects and capacity building, as well as testing for electrical and autonomous vehicle technologies.
Masdar City is already a pioneer in the field of sustainable mobility. Back in 2010, they introduced the world's first permanent driverless Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system, which will now extended by using autonomous electric vehicles provided by the French manufacturer Navya.
"Masdar is committed to the commercial development of sustainable transport infrastructure and Masdar City is at the heart of the emerging trend in sustainability mobility," said Masdar CEO Jameel Al Ramahi. "This partnership will help to identify innovative technologies that may be potentially developed at scale, complementing the larger sustainable transport strategy of Abu Dhabi."
The capital's Department of Transport is also committed to sustainable transport and the use of low emission vehicles.
"The Department of Transport is continuously working to motivate the public to move towards the use of environmentally friendly vehicles in order to further boost the quality of life in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi," said Al Mazrouei.