It seats seven people and stops at nine locations, including Yas Island, Ferrari World and the W Hotel
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A new fully automated driverless minibus will be unveiled in Abu Dhabi next month alongside the F1 Grand Prix. A model of this minibus operated by Txai is on display at the Abu Dhabi Government booth at Gitex Global.
“We have integrated a lot of digital maps, technologies, radar, LiDER and cameras to make this project possible,” said Sultan al Menhali, project manager for transportation systems at the Integrated Transport Center (ITC).
The completely free bus can accommodate seven people and four more standing passengers. It will stop at 9 locations on Yas Island, including the W hotel, Yas Water World, Yas Marina Circuit and Ferrari World. A tram on wheels is also due to start operating on Yas Island later this year.
Txai, the region’s first driverless taxi service, is equipped with high-tech navigation tools and shuttles passengers between nine stops.
According to Sultan, the bus was developed based on the company’s experience with the pilot robo-taxi, which has been operating on Yas Island for almost a year. “The taxis are driverless, but we always have a security officer manning it,” he said. “We haven’t had any incidents in the past year, so we are confident that we will be able to seamlessly integrate the buses into the current traffic situation on Yas Island.”
In March this year, ITC announced that it had successfully completed the first phase of pilot taxi services on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island. During phase 1, the service registered more than 16,000 km and more than 2,700 passenger reservations. It can be called by a smart app.
According to the authorities, ITC is responsible for building the infrastructure necessary for the use of self-driving vehicles within the transport network.