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Another VIP for the Masdar PRT: IMF managing director Christine Lagarde

Even in our 9th year of operations it remains very rewarding that 2getthere’s PRT system at Masdar City is a must-ride system during any visit – also when you are considered a VIP.

Christine Lagarde rides 2getthere’s PRT

Christine Lagarde, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), visited Masdar to witness the progress of Abu Dhabi’s flagship sustainable urban community, MasdarCity, and learn how investment in youth is helping the UAE to deliver on the UN SDGs.

As part of the vist she also enjoyed a ride on 2getthere’s state-of-the-art sustainable PRT system. The system is now in its’ 9th year of operation and has carried over 2,4 million passengers to date. The system availability that is consistently being achieved exceeds 99.7%. The Zagato design and the vehicle build are applauded by the passengers, many of them stating that it is actually more advanced and better build in comparison to more recently introduced vehicles.

Another VIP for the Masdar PRT

One of the top things to do in Abu Dhabi is visit Masdar City and ride the PRT system. Join the many other VIPs that went before you and enjoyed the ride! Ranging from the Dutch and Swedish Royal familty to international country leaders and famous movie actors. Our personal favorite remains the video by Adam Levy: enjoy!

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14 million passengers delivered and counting

most experience autonomous vehicle supplierRobbert Lohmann, Chief Commercial Officer 2getthere

“The experience with day-to-day passengers is invaluable.”

Most experienced autonomous vehicle supplier

Based on the daily operations at Schiphol, Rivium, Floriade and Masdar City, 2getthere delivered over 14 million passengers to their destination to date. This excludes passengers transported as part of demonstrations and trials in France, Monaco, Germany, Singapore and the Netherlands as well as the large-scale ride system delivered in a high-profile theme park attraction in cooperation with Oceaneering.

The number of passengers delivered makes 2getthere the most experienced autonomous vehicle supplier. By a lot. At Rivium the 2nd generation GRT transit system has carried 2,500 passengers on a daily basis for the past 11 years. With the introduction of the 3rd generation and the extension towards the Waterbus, this number is expect to increase further to approximately 3,000 per day. Robbert Lohmann: ‘The gap towards other companies entering the market for Shared Autonomous Vehicles will only become larger upon the opening of the Bluewaters application. With an hourly capacity of 3,500 passengers, the system is likely to deliver in excess of 15,000 people per day to their destination. 7 days a week, 365 days per year.’

Actual Behavior versus Conscious Behavior

The real value of the experience doesn’t lie in the passenger number, but having learned from the actual behavior of passengers. Lohmann explains: ‘We have done demonstrations and delivered applications. The difference between the two is that in demonstrations, passengers are aware that this is a demonstration and exhibit ‘conscious behavior’; if there is a fault in the system they are patient, almost accepting and thankful to experience the development process. In real life, there is no patience, just anxiety about being late or missing a connection. Being able to deal with this technically, by ensuring availability and reliablity, and operationally, is what sets 2getthere apart from start-up suppliers. The experience with day-to-day passengers is invaluable.’

The experience influences design and technology choices in support of providing the required system availability and reliability. ‘Operations have to be ensured during all weather conditions – rain or shine – and in all environments, even hot and humid. That’s why we put great attention into the development of the airconditioning system in the 3rd generation GRT vehicle.’ 14 million and counting!

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Masdar PRT System Year 1 Review

[one_half] On November 27th the first year of Operations and Maintenance of the PRT system at Masdar City was concluded. Over the year the system carried over 230.000 passengers, including VIPs such as His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi), Mr. Ban Ki Moon (Secretary-General United Nations), Queen Noor (Jordan), Prince Albert (Monaco) and Prinses Victoria (Sweden).

[/one_half] The system operated to satisfaction, showing in increase in the system performance through the year. 2getthere was especially pleased with the results over the hot, humid summer months. Starting November 28th the on site team has been reduced to 8 people; the system remains available 18 hours per day.

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