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Qatar University team pioneers connected vehicles technology

Article - April 19, 2016

Innovative research projects conducted by a team of researchers at Qatar University Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (QU-QMIC) have developed state-of-the-art connected vehicles technology to contribute to addressing road safety and driving challenges in Qatar and beyond.


Led by QMIC Connected-Vehicles Program Product Manager and R&D expert Dr Hamid Menouar, a team of local and international researchers have developed a standard-compliant connected-vehicles platform that enables vehicles to communicate wirelessly with other vehicles on the road as well as with the road infrastructure.

“This cutting-edge technology is a huge step forward in terms of road safety by enabling fast data communication among vehicles, providing their safety systems with a more detailed and accurate view of the surrounding environment,” says Dr Menouar.

Connected-vehicles technology is a key enabler of next generation road safety, he says, and cites a study by the US Department of Transportation that found connected vehicles could potentially address up to 80% of road accidents involving non-impaired drivers. This will be a considerable improvement in road safety in Qatar, and is also a key enabler of autonomous driving by engaging fast and reliable communication among vehicles within the same vicinity.

Improving road safety is in itself a great benefit, but there are also other benefits in terms of driver comfort and traffic efficiency, as this emerging technology will open a door for a number of new applications.

Dr Menouar adds: “Qatar is a great candidate for this new technology and is among the first countries in the world to feature country-wide connected-vehicles deployment. This could be one of the technologies to be showcased during the FIFA World Cup 2022.”

QMIC Executive Director Dr Adnan Abu-Dayya says: “Connected-vehicle technology represents a key element of QMIC’s leading and integrated road safety innovations portfolio. It complements our unique driving and traffic solutions, such as Masarak and Salamtek. With road safety a critical area of interest as Qatar’s development continues at pace, the establishment of a safe and modern transportation system will serve to address road safety challenges in line with the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030.”

About Qatar University

Qatar University is one of the leading institutions of academic and research excellence in the GCC region.  It provides high quality undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare competent graduates, primed to shape the future of Qatar.  The organization's strong relationship with Qatari society is reflected in its community service efforts and in its vibrant research portfolio that addresses relevant local and regional challenges, advances national goals towards a knowledge-based economy, and contributes actively to the needs and aspirations of society.

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