Self-driving cars will be available at Abu Dhabi’s SHA Wellness Island Emirates.

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The “AI-enabled autonomous transportation ecosystem” will be provided to the island community of SHA Emirates in Abu Dhabi.

An agreement has been reached between Imkan Properties and Bayanat, an AI business listed on the ADX, regarding the construction of a smart mobility infrastructure at SHA Island Emirates in AlJurf. Dubbed the first “healthy living community” in the world, the island spans 380 hectares and 1.6 kilometers of seafront.

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“A highly autonomous and sustainable infrastructure on a wellness-focused island, minimizing the reliance on manned vehicles for the transportation of people, goods, and services” is the stated goal of the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed.

According to Bayanat, the island will use manned vehicles as little as possible. While Bayanat will develop the digital infrastructure for autonomous cars and unmanned systems, including HD maps and location, Imkan will construct the project’s physical infrastructure. Additionally, Bayanat will introduce its Smart Mobility Solutions.

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Suwadain AlDhaheri, CEO of Imkan, and Abdulla Al Shamsi, COO of Bayanat, signed the MOU.

The statement from Al Shamsi read, “We are excited about this joint project with IMKAN Properties, which will combine our expertise to create a unique concept globally: an autonomous vehicle-equipped island that promotes healthy living.”

Al Shamsi claimed that by offering a sophisticated virtual duplicate of the island’s whole infrastructure, Bayanat’s “digital twin” technology will assist Imkan in realizing his vision for SHA Island Emirates.

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How is it going to operate?
“This technology will ensure smooth and effective operations without human intervention by enabling real-time monitoring and management of autonomous transportation systems,” a statement read.

The digital twin developed by Bayanat will facilitate predictive maintenance, enhance traffic efficiency, and raise the security and dependability of self-driving cars.

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“We think that the island’s transportation infrastructure will play a crucial role in enabling this objective,” Shamsi continued. Our extensive experience in creating EV infrastructure and other smart mobility solutions will enable us to build an EV-friendly, dependable, and peaceful transportation network on the island.

This is not Bayanat’s first experimentation with autonomous driving technology. The TXAI experiment was initiated in 2021 in cooperation between Abu Dhabi Mobility and Bayanat. This project is the first Level 4 autonomous ride-hailing service in the MENA region.

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The fleet of autonomous vehicles, which consists of minibuses, robo-taxis, and ART (autonomous road transport), has performed about 16,000 rides and covered over 500,000 kilometers since its introduction.

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