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Abu Dhabi UnveilsI Autonomous Mobility Initiative

 Abu Dhabi, a beacon of innovation and progress in the United Arab Emirates, has taken a significant step forward in the realm of smart and autonomous mobility. In a groundbreaking move, the emirate has unveiled the Smart and Autonomous Vehicle Industries (Savi) cluster, a multi-modal initiative set to transform the landscape of transportation. This ambitious endeavor was formally announced in the presence of dignitaries, including Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, marking a defining moment in Abu Dhabi’s commitment to technological advancement.

Visionary Leadership

The genesis of this visionary initiative can be attributed to Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council. Sheikh Khaled’s vision has set the stage for an unprecedented project that promises to revolutionize the way we think about mobility not just on land but also in the air and at sea.

A Tri-Modal Approach: Autonomous Mobility

Savi is not a conventional project; it’s an extraordinary leap into the future of transportation. This innovative multi-modal cluster is designed to drive the development of smart and autonomous vehicles across three primary modes of transportation: air, water, and sea. Such an integrated approach to mobility is a testament to Abu Dhabi’s forward-thinking and innovative spirit.

Economic and Job Growth: Autonomous Mobility

One cannot underestimate the economic significance of the Savi cluster. It is projected to contribute significantly to the economy, with estimates ranging from Dh90 to Dh120 billion. But it doesn’t stop there; the cluster is also set to generate an impressive 30,000 to 50,000 job opportunities. This economic infusion and job creation will have a ripple effect, benefiting various sectors and ultimately contributing to the realization of Abu Dhabi’s smart, diversified, and sustainable Falcon Economy.

Ahmed Jasim Al Zaabi’s Vision: Autonomous Mobility

Ahmed Jasim Al Zaabi, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), envisions Savi as a catalyst for Abu Dhabi’s diversification. He describes it as a “game changer” that will open new doors for economic growth and opportunities, welcoming talent, entrepreneurs, and investors into the burgeoning sector. Savi, under his guidance, aims to redefine the economic landscape of Abu Dhabi, making it a hub for innovation and advancement.

Driving Technological Advancements

Abu Dhabi’s unique position as a global hub and its commitment to technological innovation position Savi as a significant driver of technological advancements in smart and autonomous mobility. With a proven track record of accelerated innovation, a robust industrial foundation, and progressive regulatory frameworks, the emirate is all set to spearhead the sector’s global advancement. Savi leverages this infrastructure and talent pool to supercharge the industry, making it a formidable force in the global arena.

Development and Investment

The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) and the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) play pivotal roles in developing the Savi cluster. Their responsibilities encompass the design, testing, and manufacturing of applications for transportation and mobility. Moreover, the cluster extends its reach to service other sectors such as logistics. Savi is strategically centered in Masdar City, drawing on Abu Dhabi’s industrial strength and its unparalleled access to established air corridors, road infrastructure, and a global network of partners.

An Ecosystem for Progress

The Savi cluster is more than just an initiative; it’s an ecosystem for progress. It brings together all the relevant stakeholders in the sector, fostering collaboration and innovation. Savi’s mission is to advance the development of the value chain, attract companies from around the world, provide access to funding and investments, facilitate and fund innovation, streamline regulatory services, and expedite the adoption of future urban and mobility services. In practical terms, this means Savi encompasses academia, test zones, research and development laboratories, testing and certification facilities, extensive workshops, hangars, and manufacturing facilities. These entities are seamlessly connected through Abu Dhabi’s global logistics network, ensuring a cohesive and streamlined approach to innovation and advancement.

An Enabling Regulatory Framework

Local regulators play a pivotal role in shaping the success of Savi. The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Integrated Transport Centre, and Abu Dhabi Maritime are working collaboratively to establish an enabling regulatory framework. This framework is essential for the seamless operation of smart and autonomous mobility across air, land, and sea applications. Their role is to ensure that the sector adheres to the necessary regulations, promoting safety, efficiency, and reliability.

Abu Dhabi’s Savi cluster represents a paradigm shift in the world of smart and autonomous mobility. It embodies the emirate’s forward-thinking vision, technological prowess, and commitment to economic diversification. Savi is not just an initiative; it’s a testament to Abu Dhabi’s unwavering pursuit of innovation and its dedication to shaping a future where smart and autonomous mobility is a reality.

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