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Airport Show: Driverless shuttle at airports to be launched soon

Posted 10 May 2016 · Add Comment

Airports in the region could soon be using driverless electric shuttles to transport passengers and their luggage.

 

Navya Arma, a 100 per cent electric and intelligent driverless shuttle, introduced for the first ever time in the Middle East at the Airport Show 2016, can transport up to 15 passengers and safely drive up to 45 km/h. 

Navya, the French company which has conceptualised and manufactured the vehicle, is keen on introducing the shuttle at airports across the Middle East region. 

Quentin Curtis, Middle East Representative, Navya, said: “We have received a very encouraging response at the Airport Show to Navya ARMA and we are very eager to introduce this transport vehicle in this region. The region, especially Dubai, is very active when it comes to implementing the latest smart technology. In addition to that, there are many airport projects which are ongoing and in the pipeline, which brings tremendous opportunity for innovative solutions such as the driverless vehicle.” 

Curtis added: “This shuttle can not only comfortably transport passengers and their luggage, thereby improving user experience, it can also optimise the transport of airport personnel, is clean and cost effective.” 

The environmentally friendly vehicle uses electrical energy, its batteries can be recharged by induction and can last from 5 to 13 hours, and can adapt to any situation by avoiding the static and dynamic obstacles. 

Curtis said the shuttle will be launched around July this year at Frankfurt Airport and the company hopes to introduce it soon in the Middle East.

“We are in talks with some key decision makers and are hopeful of positive outcome,” added Curtis.

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