ION, Navya ink partnership to boost autonomous transport in the GCC


The autonomous shuttles, which operate in Masdar City, are wheelchair accessible and enhanced with deep learning tech

UAE-based sustainable and smart transportation company ION, which is is a joint venture between Bee’ah and CE-Creates, has partnered with autonomous driving systems firm NAVYA to operate and maintain the company’s electric and autonomous shuttles as well as promote its vehicles and related activities in the UAE and the GCC region.

The AUTONOM SHUTTLE fleet offers first- and last-mile transportation solutions, with navigation and safety features.

The autonomous shuttle also uses guidance and detection systems and is enhanced with deep learning technology.

Operating in Masdar City, the shuttles are also wheelchair-accessible and have a capacity of 15 passengers.

ION’s technicians are currently undergoing training with NAVYA experts to ensure models of the AUTONOM SHUTTLE operating in the region provide a regular, dependable service.

Commenting on the partnership, group CEO of Bee’ah and member of the Board of Directors at ION, Khaled Al Huraimel, said: “Our partnership with NAVYA stems from our commitment to revolutionise transportation in the Middle East region, making it greener and smarter, which is key to a better quality of life for cities and communities.”

He added: “This partnership will help ION on its journey towards environmental sustainability and the development of a zero-emissions transportation network in the UAE and wider region.”

The chief operating officer of NAVYA, Jerome Rigaud, said: “Masdar is an ideal environment to showcase how driverless vehicles integrate seamlessly into our everyday lives”