Volkswagen to bring self-driving electric shuttles to Qatar by 2022

Volkswagen Group and Qatar have agreed to develop a public transport method of autonomous shuttles and bus by 2022 for the capital city of Doha.

The agreement signed Saturday by VW Group and the Qatar Investment Authority is an swelling activity that will involve four labels under VW Group, including Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania, its shared ride service MOIA and Audi subsidiary Autonomous Intelligent Driving, or AID.

The aim is to develop the entire transport system, including the electrical autonomous shuttles and buses, legal framework, municipal infrastructure and ride-hailing software required to deploy a business assistance there. The autonomous vehicles will be integrated into existing public transit.

“For our metropolitans to progress we need a new wave of invention ,” QIA CEO Mansoor Al Mahmoud said in a statement.” AI-enabled, emission-free transportation technologies will help advance urban mobility, while diminish bottleneck and improving energy efficiency.

The fleet will include 35 autonomous electrical ID. Buzz vehicles from the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles division, which will shuttle up to four fares on semi-fixed superhighway in a geo-fenced area of Doha. Another 10 Scania buses will be used for large groups.

Closed testing of the shuttle vehicles and bus is expected to begin in 2020. Inquiries could start as early as 2021. VW and QIA said the project will go live by the end of 2022.

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