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Football World Cup 2022: VW lets autonomous ID.Buzz drive in Qatar

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D he soccer World Cup should not be the only highlight in the emirate of Qatar in 2022, at least from the point of view of car fans. Then, for the first time, electrically powered, autonomously driving shuttle buses will be in use.

The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and Volkswagen have started the joint 'Project Qatar Mobility' for this purpose. QIA is the third largest shareholder in Volkswagen with 17 percent of the ordinary shares. Four companies from the automotive group are involved: Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania, Moia and AID.

Moia technology in Doha

35 self-driving ID.Buzz are to be used for shuttle trips during the sporting event can. Up to four people are transported in each vehicle. The routes covered by the self-driving electric buses are partially set in advance. Ten Scania buses are also available for larger groups.

Audi subsidiary AID will provide the technology for autonomous driving, known as the Self Driving System. Moia, already part of the local public transport system in Hanover and Hamburg with its own buses, is contributing the app for booking and billing trips as well as the technology for monitoring and controlling the routes.

In the course of 2020, the The first test drives will begin in Qatar, and a trial run will start in 2021. When the soccer world championship starts in November 2022, the operation of the autonomous shuttles in the capital Doha should officially start.

Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen, sees great potential: “Doha will give us valuable real-world knowledge Deliver practical experience and make the project a stepping stone for our autonomous driving roadmap - a milestone for future generations of vehicles. ”

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