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Saudi Arabia signs an agreement with France’s Navia to manufacture self-driving vehicles

Saudi Arabia signs an agreement with France's Navia to manufacture self-driving vehicles

The French Ministry of Transport in Paris has inked an agreement with the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Transport and Logistics to facilitate the adoption of autonomous vehicles in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The initiatives involve the deployment of electric self-driving cars and other common vehicles for people transportation, as well as the deployment of electric tow tractors for goods transportation at airports and industrial sites.

Mr. Jean-Baptiste Djebari, the French Minister of Transport, Engineer Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, the Saudi Minister of Transport and CEO of NAVYA, signed the official agreement between the company and the Kingdom in Paris, France.

The partnership intends to create pilot projects, validate use cases, define regulations, and train local competencies to prepare for and hasten the large-scale deployment of Tier 4 autonomous vehicle fleets across the Arabian Peninsula.

For its part, it will assist Saudi Arabia, which is already a smart city pioneer, in becoming one of the first markets in the world to deploy significant autonomous fleets on its soil.

According to the “Saudi Arabia Vision 2030,” carbon-neutral joint fleets will be critical in the construction of future cities, delivering clean air and a higher quality of life.

In the GCC, NAVYA already has a 75 percent market share for individual self-driving, with six flights operating in Saudi Arabia.

The sale of 200 self-driving vehicles around the world, helps the company maintain its global leading position.

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