SAPTCO operates self-driving buses in partnership with KAUST
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) has introduced self-driving shuttles onto its university campus to become the pioneer in adopting autonomous vehicles in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The pilot project incorporates vehicle technology with the Saudi Public Transport Company "SAPTCO" as an operator.
“The operation of autonomous shuttles comes as a result of our strategic partnership with KAUST during which we have provided high quality integrated transportation services for university staff and its visitors. The project is in alignment with one of SAPTCO’s strategic pillars, which is focusing on providing digital and mobility solutions,” said Eng. Khalid AlHoqail, SAPTCO CEO. “We look forward to the future of our partnership with KAUST to develop advanced mobility solutions that contribute to the realization of the Saudi 2030 Vision,” he added.
The shuttles on the KAUST campus use mapping, cognitive response technology, light detection and ranging (Lidar), and obstacle avoidance systems to control, navigate and drive the vehicles. Both shuttles are fully electric and sustainable, making them not only easily accessible, but also environmentally friendly.