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12 04 2018 02

French infrastructure and transportation engineering group, Egis, has just signed two contracts for autonomous rapid transit vehicle projects in the USA and United Arab Emirates.

Driverless shuttles are considered to be one of the urban transportation solutions of the future. To develop these solutions, highly advanced research in infrastructure engineering and mobile robotics is being conducted in numerous countries around the world. Particularly suited to dense and congested metropolitan areas, Egis will be working on two schemes to deploy rapid ‘people mover’ systems: a project on the Bluewaters artificial island in Dubai, and a project in the US city of Jacksonville, Florida.

Bluewaters is a modern, family-oriented island destination that boasts residential, retail, dining, hospitality, leisure and entertainment facilities, and is home to the world’s tallest and largest observation wheel: Ain Dubai. An automated ground rapid transit (GRT) system will connect Bluewaters with the Dubai Metro in a journey time of under five minutes. Using a dedicated 1.7 miles (2.8km) long road with two separate lanes, running mainly on an elevated structure, it will offer shared travel to between 6 and 24 people per vehicle, modulated according to the time of the day. Its capacity thereby offers scalability ranging from an on-demand system during off-peak hours, to a system that can carry up to 2,500 people per hour per direction during peak time.

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