Driverless Rapid Transit Will Soon Be Hitting Yas Islands In Abu Dhabi

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Driverless Rapid Transit Will Soon Be Hitting Yas Islands In Abu Dhabi

Driverless vehicles are no longer a dream. It has already become a reality. And now it is coming to Abu Dhabi. As part of the extension of the Smart Mobility project on Yas and Saadiyat Islands, autonomous (driverless) rapid transits (ART) will be introduced on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The announcement came on Friday from the Integrated Transport Centre (ITC) of the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT).

Driverless Rapid Transit In Abu Dhabi

The announcement stated that three driverless rapid transit systems would be implemented. These are improved rapid transport systems that operate without a mass transit train system or rails. The first phase of these transits will serve all the main commercial hubs and tourist attractions on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.

The second phase of the Smart Mobility project will be on the Yas and Saadiyat Islands. The Smart Mobility project is carried out in conjunction between the DMT, the ITC, and Bayanat. It was formally inaugurated during the 2022 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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TXAI Automated Taxis 

Currently, a fleet of 17 vehicles is part of Yas and Saadiyat Islands’ smart mobility system. Out of these, 8 are TXAI vehicles, which are the first fully automated taxis in the UAE. Al Manarat, The St. Regis Hotel, Theodore Monod French International High School, Saadiyat Beach Residences, Mamsha Saadiyat, and Saadiyat Beach are some of the new stations.

The service runs seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. along a 47.5-kilometer route. To schedule and track their rides, users can download and install the TXAI app. The project includes six Mini Robo Buses in addition to the 15 new charging stations added to the Yas and Saadiyat Islands networks. 

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We are excited for this!

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