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TXAI – the region’s first autonomous ride hailing service

TXAI – the region’s first autonomous ride hailing service

A collaboration between Bayanat, a G42 company, and The Integrated Transport Centre of the Department of Municipalities and Transport in Abu Dhabi

The Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) and Bayanat came together on March 2021 to cooperate in the phased trial operations of autonomous vehicles for transporting passengers in Abu Dhabi.

The first phase consisted of 5 TXAIs providing transportation services to passengers from 9 pick-up and drop off locations within a network of routes linking hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, offices and public facilities on Yas Island.

Residents and visitors of the island were able to enjoy advanced and sustainable transportation services that guaranteed their comfort and safety during each trip. The service was be accessible from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, through the “Txai” app.

The TXAI displayed at the UAE Pavilion at Expo 2020 served as a backdrop as the UAE Cabinet meeting took place The TXAI displayed at the UAE Pavilion at Expo 2020 served as a backdrop as the UAE Cabinet meeting took place

The TXAI project stems out of the ITC and Bayanat’s unwavering efforts to constantly improve the services provided to members of society by keeping pace with the digital development in the transport sector and operating state-of-the-art technologies in the service of society, which aims at providing a distinct and integrated transport experience across various regions in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

TXAI has served to harness significant interest from global AV companies, and brought valuable technical experience on the operation of autonomous vehicles, including:

  • Primary AV data collected from over 10,000km mileage during pilot (e.g., AV in a hot climate & HD map data)
  • Technical capabilities to operate AV platform and integration with G42 Cloud
  • Operation knowledge unique to the region, including testing site operation, sensor and hardware management in a hot and dusty climate
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The TXAI project has so far provided valuable insights for policymakers and insurance companies on AV-related regulations and policies. The service has been classified as Level 4 Autonomous Driving, whereby the vehicle can perform all driving tasks under almost all conditions without any human intervention.

Although the vehicles are self-driving, a safety officer occupies the driving seat during the first and second operational phases, to intervene in the event of any sudden occurrence.

That is to ensure that the highest standards of security and safety are implemented. The operated vehicles are characterized by high standards of safety and security, which include cameras and sensors that forecast conditions of the road and maintain the vehicle’s connection with its external surroundings to avoid collision with any object.

In addition, Bayanat provides a self-driving vehicle management system and has conducted comprehensive testing for safety and security levels to ensure full compliance with the UAE traffic law.

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