'Project Qatar Mobility' Self-driving Shuttles Set to Take Doha's Local Public Transport to the Next Level in 2022
HANNOVER, Germany and DOHA, Qatar, Dec. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --
- QIA and Volkswagen AG announce pioneering autonomous, electric transport initiative to transform urban mobility in Qatar
- Prototypes of ID. BUZZ AD shuttles from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and of Scania buses to operate on a SDS (self-driving system) with zero emissions
- MOIA ride hailing app is used to run the service, AID delivers SDS knowledge
- Autonomous Driving Roadmap pulled forward
Earlier today at the Doha Forum in Qatar, in the presence of His Excellency the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, representatives of Volkswagen AG and the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) signed 'Project Qatar Mobility'. The signing was witnessed by several Qatari ministers, dignitaries and high representatives of Qatar and Germany.
For the first time ever a cutting-edge fleet of self-driving Level 4 electric shuttles will usher in a new era of urban mobility in a capital city in 2022: Earlier today at the Doha Forum in Qatar, in the presence of several Qatari dignitaries, representatives of Volkswagen AG and the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) signed the 'Project Qatar Mobility'.
The goal is to develop a ground-breaking autonomous transport project and transform the future of urban mobility to a sustainable and commercial deployment of AD shuttles and Bus Services – even beyond 2022. Fostering a cross-brand collaboration as blueprint for future AD solutions, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania, MOIA and AID-Autonomous Intelligent Driving will play an important role in this project. During the largest sporting event in the world, Qatar will thus be the venue for the world's first emission-free, electric and autonomous public transport system.
The agreement was signed by QIA CEO Mr Mansoor Al-Mahmoud and Dr Herbert Diess, Chairman of Volkswagen Group, at a ceremony in Doha today. The initiative, which is known as "Project Qatar Mobility", underlines the mutual commitment to both smart technologies and green transport:
QIA and Volkswagen will work together to develop the required physical and digital infrastructure to seamlessly integrate a fleet of self-driving vehicles into Doha's existing public transport network. Autonomous, electric ID. BUZZ AD from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will shuttle up to 4 passengers in Westbay area on semi-fixed routes, while high-tech Scania buses pick up larger groups. Volkswagen Group's units AID and MOIA will provide the SDS knowledge and the app software to run the service. For the first time four Volkswagen Group brands work together on such a project of urban mobility.