Dubai-based luxury sports car manufacturer W Motors will unveil UAE’s first autonomous vehicle at Auto Shanghai 2019 in April. The W Motors Muse is fully electric and capable of Level 5 autonomy.
W Motors, in partnership with sister company Iconiq Motors, developed the electric driverless car. Muse will be fully manufactured in Dubai at W Motors’ all-new production facility whose first phase will go live in the last quarter of 2019.
The W Motors Muse will be fully manufactured in Dubai.
The car features innovative user interfaces and cloud-based connectivity. There are several available interior configurations catering to different business needs and consumer requirements. Following a preview at Shanghai, W Motors is targeting to put the car on the road for Expo 2020 Dubai, where Muse will have its global debut.
Iconiq Motors and W Motors collaborated with international firms like AKKA Technologies, Magna Steyr, and Microsoft USA, each of which brought highly specialized and cutting-edge technologies to the table for enhanced autonomous driving solutions. The driverless car’s name is derived from the Greek Goddesses of Inspiration. All elements of the Muse achieve a balanced harmony between the science and art of automotive technology and functionally aesthetic design.
W Motors Founder and CEO Ralph Debbas commented, “The move from conventional vehicles to electric will happen much sooner than we expect, and we are honoured to be part of this movement – as well as Dubai’s vision for the future of mobility.
“Autonomous vehicles will change the way we travel and connect with one another, and as a UAE-based company, it is an exciting achievement for us to be leading the way in the region’s development within this sector.”
On the left is Ralph R. Debbas, Founder and CEO of W Motors, seen with his partners.
The car’s announcement could not come at a more suitable time: Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy is set to be implemented in force soon. The government expects to reel in almost AED 22 billion in annual economic revenues by reducing transportation costs, carbon emissions, and accidents. The strategy is aimed at saving hundreds of millions of hours wasted in conventional transportation and raising the productivity of individuals.