Automated Vehicles in Dubai

In June 2016, SMRT International acquired a 20% stake in 2 Getthere Holding B.V. (2getthere), a Netherlands-based company that designs and makes a family of automated vehicles. Having worked with 2getthere since 2010, SMRT looked forward to further expand operations into international markets through the provision of consultancy services and operational expertise with transportation networks.

2getthere announced this month that it has been awarded the contract to deliver a new automated vehicle system in Dubai that will link new waterfront lifestyle destination Bluewaters with the city’s network of metro stations. The innovative system will carry 5,000 people per hour per direction. It will be the largest automated vehicle connection of its kind, and is considered an example of the future of autonomous transport solutions.

Bluewaters is positioned to be a prime attraction, housing Ain Dubai, the world’s tallest and largest observation wheel, alongside residential, retail and dining facilities. Dubai aims to have 25% of all trips to and fro Bluewaters completed by automated systems by 2035.

2getthere’s 3rd generation Group Rapid Transit vehicle will be deployed to link Bluewaters with the city’s existing rail network. The driverless vehicles will operate with a series of magnets embedded into the road network. A magnetic reader will measure the position of its vehicle every 50 milliseconds and adjust its position accordingly. (Read more)

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