DUBAI: Saudi Arabia and the UAE are leading the way in the field of smart mobility in the Middle East, according to a new study.
The report, “Smart Mobility in the GCC: Fast Track to the Future,” was released by Strategy& (Middle East), part of the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) network, at a time when Gulf Cooperation Council states are gearing up to make their smart city projects a success.
According to the report, smart-mobility offerings using innovative digital technologies can create an open and connected transportation network in the GCC that can move people and freight more efficiently and sustainably than in the past.
Mark Haddad, a principal with Strategy& (Middle East), said Saudi Arabia’s biggest cities are facing the usual problems associated with urbanization, notably increased demand for transport services, frequent traffic jams and negative environmental impacts.
To overcome the challenges, the Kingdom is opting for innovative ways to manage its day-to-day transport services and cater for the needs of citizens, using state-of-the-art smart mobility technologies.
Riyadh has invested in a multimillion-dollar, artificial intelligence (AI)-based adaptive signaling project, which has had a significant impact on day-to-day traffic management.
For their part, the Neom megacity authorities recently announced plans to develop the world’s most user-centric, environmentally friendly and technologically advanced land mobility ecosystem.
“Neom will also prioritize active, autonomous, electric, shared and smart mobility options, putting the Kingdom at the heart of the smart-mobility revolution,” Haddad told Arab News.
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