During His Inauguration of the Self-driving Bus, HH Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi Affirmed that Ajman is Achieving the Best Future for All

February 19th, 2019

HH Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Head of Municipality and Planning Department in Ajman, confirmed that Ajman is now one of the pioneering cities that employ artificial intelligence technology in all areas of life. He stressed the importance of utilizing new technologies to improve life and advance the Emirate to become more attractive to tourists, visitors and investors from all over the world.  His Excellency made those statements during the inauguration of the self-driving bus in the presence of HE Omar Lootah, Executive Director of Operations in Ajman Public Transport Corporation, Sheikha Noura Al Nuaimi, Director of the Ajman Culture CenterX and a number of Ajman government officials.


He expressed a great deal of pride as he rode the self-driving bus and said, “while some countries still aspire to achieve the best future, our country has been able to provide the brightest future to its people.” He explained that, “the project enables public transport buses to use  self-driving techniques and integrate artificial intelligence and the Internet to fully control the bus without any human intervention. This will provide a unique futuristic experience that can operate in tourist areas and offer residents and visitors alike the experience of using this technology. It also portrays a bright image of the Emirate of Ajman as it moves confidently towards achieving the future.”


He pointed out that future technologies have become a life-style and a reality that touch all individuals in society. He noted that the Municipality and Planning Department in Ajman has ensured the participation of all government departments in the launched projects in order to provide the best services to customers. The self-driving bus project presets the transport sector in the Emirate with multiple advantages regarding improving the provided services and their development in the future.


Sheikha Noura Al Nuaimi, Director of the Ajman Culture CenterX, provided His Highness with a detailed explanation of the project and the phases of its implementation. She explained that the project is one of the outputs of The Future Series program that was launch by Ajman Culture CenterX  in order to outline the future of Ajman.


Al Nuaimi added that the team intensified efforts to launch the first ever self-driving bus witnessed in the streets of the Emirate. Successive meetings were held between the Ajman Culture CenterX, Roads and Infrastructure Department, Ajman Police General Command, Ajman Public Transport Corporation and DG World. Trial operations were carried out and multiple challenges were overcome in order to successfully launch the first phase of the project in the Corniche area.


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