SAPTCO Digital Services aim to develop the transportation system in the Kingdom through enhancing the concept of smart mobility and enriching the customer experience by making use advanced artificial intelligence technologies and enablers keeping in pace with the Kingdom's 2030 vision to raise the quality of life.
First: Rekab Application Service
is an innovative service for smart mobility within cities and within closed communities with a new ridesharing concept through a smart device application characterized by flexibility and ease of use. In addition, vehicles are equipped with the latest technologies. The service enhances the value of safe mobility and communication. This is accomplished through digital ridesharing mobility during the journey. It adds reliability by tracking the vehicle's path, ensuring that passengers reach their destination safely.
In late 2019, SAPTCO deployed Rekab in King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST) campus as a trial. By February of 2020, the service was declared a success was launched officially. The launch event was celebrated in presence of His Excellency Engineer Khaled Al-Mudayfer, Chairman of the Board of Directors of SAPTCO, and His Excellency Mr. Tony Chan the President of the University of KAUST with senior officials. This strategic partnership between SAPTCO and KAUST is built on SAPTCO’s four decades of experiences and the capabilities offered by the university and its staff through transportation related research and vigorous testing. SAPTCO’s Rekab smart service provides KAUST users with three reservation options from one App: bus transportation on demand, fixed-line bus transportation, and autonomous vehicle transportation. Rekab is the first service with such advanced features in KSA while marking a great success by completing over quarter million trips in less than a year during 2020 A.D. with a rating of 4.8 out of 5.0.
For more information, please visit the service website http://rekab.sa
Second: Autonomous vehicles
In cooperation with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) before end of 2019 AD, two autonomous vehicles (AVs) were deployed and operated on the university campus. SAPTCO and KAUST are among the first pioneers in adopting these smart AVs. This strategic partnership aims to motivate individuals to use public transport means in order to improve the quality of services provided in Saudi cities to achieve the goals of the Kingdom's Vision 2030. Autonomous vehicles use maps, cognitive response technology, and Lidar technology to determine distances and ranges by light or laser and remote sensing using pulses of light and by laser beams. Through these technologies, distances are calculated and these systems enable avoiding obstacles to control the vehicle, roaming and driving it, knowing that both vehicles are sustainable and operate electrically, which makes them environmentally friendly.