Dutch technology firm, 2getthere, has been awarded a contract to deliver a new automated vehicle system in Dubai that will link Bluewaters with the city’s network of metro stations.
The new transport system will have a capacity of 5,000 people per hour per direction, with the automated vehicle connection between Bluewaters and the metro.
The automated transport system at Bluewaters will feature 25 driverless group rapid transit (GRT) vehicles capable of carrying 24 passengers each.
The transit system will connect stations on the island and Nakheel Harbour and Tower Metro Station approximately 2.5km apart.
According to 2getthere, it is set to become the largest of its kind in the world, and is considered an example of the future of autonomous transport solutions.
The centrepiece at Bluewaters will be Ain Dubai, the tallest and largest observation wheel in the world.
When completed, Ain Dubai will be able to carry up to 1,400 passengers in its 48 capsules, and provide views of Dubai Marina, Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah, and Burj Khalifa.
The awarded automatic transport system fits Dubai’s objective to have 25% of all trips completed by automated systems by 2035.
The capacity will initially be 3,350 people per hour per direction, with the possibility to increase to 5,000 people per hour per direction.
The trip time will be approximately 4.5 minutes. The application is also the first to feature a 2getthere’s third generation GRT vehicle.
This automated vehicle is said to serve in automated people mover applications as well as an autonomous transit system on public roads, integrating the necessary sensory technology.