The Ministry of Transport (MOT) and Mowasalat (Karwa) are hosting a demo week for the community to experience Qatar’s first self-driving electric bus (E-Bus) in collaboration with Qatar Foundation (QF).

People can enjoy the autonomous E-Bus experience from 15 to 22 February 2024, operating daily from 8 am to 4 pm, with the exception of Friday, 16 February, when the service will be paused. The route in Qatar Foundation’s Education City is a loop, designed to include 9 strategic stops between the Qatar National Library Metro Station and Northwestern University in Qatar. It allows visitors to hop on and off to explore the area’s key attractions at their leisure. The bus will be manned with an expert that can answer all questions relating to technical details and the positive impact on the carbon footprint of transport.

The autonomous E-Bus represents a significant step forward in combining technology with environmental responsibility. This bus is powered by clean electric energy, ensuring zero emissions, and contributing to Qatar’s goals for a sustainable future. With advanced onboard sensors, high-definition cameras, lasers, and ultrasonic radars, the E-Bus promises a new benchmark in transport safety and efficiency.

Mesned Al-Misned, Project Manager at the Public Transport Affairs Department of the Ministry of Transport, highlighted the significance of this step in alignment with several ministry strategies. These include the transition to electric transit systems and the Autonomous Vehicles Strategy, aimed at promoting smart, eco-friendly transportation systems. ‘The MOT will continue efforts to further develop the transportation and mobility system, supporting all economic and service sectors in Qatar and leaving a sustainable legacy for generations to come.’

Ahmed Al-Binali, the Public Transport Director at Mowasalat (Karwa), expressed pride in advancing the country’s ecological objectives and collaborating with the Ministry of Transport and Qatar Foundation on this groundbreaking project. ‘The opportunity to experience an autonomous E-Bus is a milestone in our common journey towards a sustainable and innovative transportation ecosystem. We are not just testing a new vehicle; we are inviting the public to witness the future of e-mobility.’

Hamad Al-Kuwari, Executive Director of City Operations at Qatar Foundation, emphasised the foundation’s view that sustainability is not merely an option but a pledge to future generations. Through strategic partnerships, exemplified by our collaboration with Mowasalat (Karwa), we are actively educating and empowering community members across Qatar to embrace their role as champions of sustainability. Together, we are equipping our society with the knowledge and tools that can enable us to collectively move towards a greener future.’

The demo week engages school and university students to spark community engagement at a grassroot level. It shall be followed by further cooperation projects to shape a more environmentally conscious approach towards daily transportation.

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