Autonomous vehicles will soon become a reality in the United Arab Emirates, with the country becoming the first in the Middle East and the second in the world to test self-driving cars on the streets.
This historic announcement will bring a revolutionary change in the future of the automotive and technological industry, both so central to society and the economy – so much a part of people’s daily lives – that the reality of autonomous vehicles will change. the lives of people in the most remarkable way. manners.
Developing the future of transport, vehicles and systems requires that the whole ecosystem work in tandem, this results in intense collaboration between innovators, automakers, telecoms, government departments among others.
With the region’s first 5G autonomous vehicle shuttle to circulate on Ajman’s public roads last month, an initiative led by government accelerator AjmanX and Etisalat was in line with the country’s long-term ambition of digital travel. leadership and the national agenda seeking to place the country among the best in the world in autonomous transport made possible by the 5G network and advanced technologies.
Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Director of Ajman Municipality and Planning Department, said: âToday Ajman is one of the most advanced emirates in terms of exploiting technologies in all aspects. of the work and life of our residents. As we constantly explore opportunities to shape more sustainable, resilient and human-centric urban mobility systems, this exclusive autonomous shuttle powered by Etisalat 5G is an important part of our digital transformation initiative bringing the latest technologies and innovations to the emirate. With the country ready to celebrate its Golden Jubilee and the UAE leadership’s vision for the future of autonomous transport, we will continue to work to achieve the country’s digital goals by contributing to the growth of the emirate and the economy. “
Collaboration is essential, from regulation to connectivity, mobility and the human factor must all come together to develop an ecosystem that enables integration and capable of delivering the solution.
âIn order to launch AjmanX’s 5G autonomous shuttle, Etisalat worked closely with a team of mobility experts to create the solution design with each partner playing their role which is the OEM autonomous vehicle, the cellular vehicle to any technology. [C-V2X], 5G connectivity and automotive artificial intelligence (AI).
In addition to deploying the network, Etisalat has built an ecosystem of partners for this project with technology companies like Navya, IoN, Derg and Acacus in order to come up with a strong autonomous car proposal that has contributed to the success of the 5G autonomous shuttle in Ajman. Explained Masood M Sharif Mahmood, CEO, Etisalat UAE.
In the project, Navya, specialist in autonomous mobility systems in partnership with ION contributed as an autonomous car OEM while Derq specialized in vehicle-to-all communication (V2X) and Acacus with its know-how en AI automobile brought its common expertise to a platform to enable the implementation of the 5G shuttle in Ajman.
With the support of Ajman’s government, local police and transportation authorities, this was a great opportunity to turn the future of technology and the successful deployment of mobility use cases into a service of public utility offering the best experience for all citizens and tourists visiting the emirate.
Infrastructure plays a critical role in empowering the future of the network, especially for the Internet of Things (IoT), mobility and autonomous technologies. In terms of building this future, Etisalat has continuously invested over the years to become the fastest in the world and provide a platform like 5G and the latest LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network) LTE-M (Upgrading to long term for machines) and to connect vehicles to traffic controllers, traffic lights, buildings and all other elements that also improve road safety.
This is important for the connected car market, telematics solutions and for eCall (emergency call) which is a new system to improve the speed of response in the event of a road accident, where vehicles equipped with this new technology, are connected via eSIM solutions provided by Etisalat.
Along with 5G, there are already other implementations in smart cities, ports, and other industries with dedicated 5G private networks that support ultra-low latency features seen as the prerequisites for any autonomous transport.
Etisalat has worked on a variety of stand-alone projects over a period of time, Mahmood said: âTo cite free trade zones as a use case, Etisalat has been working on providing stand-alone solutions that will soon be replicated on campuses. academics across the country. In ports, which are critical use cases, the project involved remote management and operations from anywhere in the country with the UAE as the base to be able to handle a national emergency. “
This is just the start as the market is changing at a rapid pace, shifting to other passenger transport and verticals targeting use cases such as freight delivery, warehouse logistics, telematics port, as well as robotics and drones.
Etisalat will continue to work closely with automakers, local governments and transport authorities across the emirates of the United Arab Emirates, to bridge the gap for residents with these technologies becoming a way of life and a gateway to life. future by creating a safer and healthier society. TradeArabia News Service