Partners set to drive autonomous vehicle development in the UAE

Bayanat and Oxa have announced a new partnership aimed at advancing the development and deployment of autonomous vehicle solutions in the UAE and beyond.


The partnership will leverage Abu Dhabi-based Bayanat’s AI-powered geospatial analytics and expertise in running autonomous vehicles and Oxa’s autonomous vehicle technologies, to ultimately create solutions for smart cities and autonomous transportation systems.

The partnership was announced on June 13, 2024 during a visit by Bayanat and the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) to Oxa’s headquarters in Oxford.

This collaboration is supported by the ADIO under its Smart and Autonomous Vehicle Industry (SAVI) cluster, which it said underscores the UAE’s commitment to fostering innovation and technological advancement.

Abu Dhabi’s SAVI cluster was launched in 2023, creating a smart and autonomous vehicles hub in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to promote significant contributions across air, land and sea mobility applications.

The initiative aims to support innovation and the commercialisation of smart and autonomous vehicle technologies in the UAE by providing facilities and value-added services within a regulatory environment.

The partners said that this collaboration specifically aims to create a regional ‘powerhouse’ for developing and advancing autonomy across multiple verticals.

In particular, the partnership will explore the creation of an Autonomous Mobility Centre of Excellence, as well as prioritising local talent – including software, hardware, and operations engineers, data scientists, legal professionals, and general support staff.

This focus will be further supplemented with Oxa’s academic network, and its work with local academics and universities such as the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) on topics such as future visions to engineering and entrepreneurship.

In a statement, Nayef Shahin, director of Innovation and Knowledge at ADIO, said: “When ADIO launched the SAVI cluster last year, our objective was to create a platform in Abu Dhabi that would connect the greatest global and local mobility innovators to pioneer new exciting pathways for the future of land, air and sea transport.

“I’m proud to say that the Oxa Bayanat collaboration is proof of this objective coming to life, where both entities will combine capabilities in autonomous vehicle technology to create advanced solutions that will deliver real-world impact across our urban environment.”

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