By Sam Bridge
Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park says smart vehicle is capable of lifting 20 passengers
The Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park (SRTI Park) has begun the pilot phase of autonomous vehicle operations as part of its plan to develop an integrated smart transport system.
The project reflects the keenness of the park to develop and manage an innovation ecosystem that promotes scientific research and development, a statement said.
The smart transport in operation in Sharjah, produced by a Dutch company, accommodates 20 passengers, uses pre-programmed routes and is designed 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 statement added.
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.”