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Masdar eyes sustainable mobility solutions for Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, January 14, 2017

Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company Masdar is inviting selected industry specialists to develop the next phase of the driverless vehicle transit network serving its flagship sustainable urban development Masdar City.

The competition, which runs till January 21, is seeking viable mobility solutions that respect the economic, social and environmental pillars of sustainability on which Masdar City is based.

A Review and Advisory Committee of leading clean-tech companies and experts will help select the winning developer, said the company in a statement.

Emissions-free vehicular transport within Masdar City has, since November 2010, been provided by a pilot driverless Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system which links the development’s northern car-park with Masdar Institute (MI).

“We have been a pioneer for driverless vehicles since 2010 and the PRT system has become an iconic feature of Masdar City,” remarked Yousef Baselaib, the executive director of Masdar’s Sustainable Real Estate division, the developer of Masdar City.

“More importantly, in carrying more than two million passengers, it has generated an immense volume of data to guide the future development of driverless vehicle solutions, both within the city and in other urban settings,” he noted.

“We are now pleased to invite leading transport solution providers to help devise the future mobility roadmap for Masdar City, in line with the anticipated growth of the development over the coming years. This will enable us to benefit from the rapid evolution of driverless vehicles in recent years, while staying true to our vision for low-carbon mobility,” stated Baselaib.

Formal entry and evaluation criteria for the competition will be announced by the end of February. The selected solution must be driverless, autonomous and emissions free.

An ability to operate outdoors in the arid, desert climate of the Gulf is essential, and the winning entry must also follow Abu Dhabi safety regulations, integrate with Masdar City’s pedestrian areas and with other types of vehicle transport.

It will cover a one-kilometre route linking Masdar Institute, the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) and the recently announced My City Centre Masdar retail development.   

“By introducing today’s commercially viable sustainable transportation solutions, such as electric and hybrid vehicles, into Masdar City, we can demonstrate their capabilities and play an important role in driving their widespread adoption,” remarked Baselaib.  

According to Irena, headquartered in Masdar City, transport accounts for around a third (30 per cent) of total global energy consumption. Carbon emissions from transport have also increased 28 per cent since 2000, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Meanwhile, the size of the global electric and hybrid vehicle market will account for 35 per cent of global car sales by 2040, according to IEA estimates. This is 90 times more than the 2015 baseline.

The adoption of commercially viable sustainable transport solutions is a key focus of this year’s ADSW. A variety of products and solutions will be on show within the Sustainable Transport Zone at the 10th World Future Energy Summit at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

Further illustrating the importance of mobility solutions at ADSW, Takeshi Uchiyamada, the chairman of the board of directors of Toyota Motors Corporation, will deliver a keynote speech at Abu Dhabi Global Action Day on January 16.

The Emirati renewable energy company said the sustainable mobility was a core component of Masdar City’s expansion.

Besides pedestrian walkways and cycling paths, its masterplan accommodates light rail transit (LRT) and general rapid transit (GRT) systems. It also integrates with a metro service currently in the planning phase, linking Abu Dhabi International Airport with downtown Abu Dhabi.

A low-carbon urban development and economic free zone, Masdar City serves as a “greenprint” for cities of the future. It seamlessly blends traditional Arabic architecture with state-of-the-art technology to maximise energy and water efficiency. Masdar City will host 50,000 residents and a working population of 40,000 people by 2030.-TradeArabia News Service
 




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