The Volkswagen Group has signed an important agreement with Qatar to enter an important market for driverless electric cars. The agreement between the Qatar Investment Authority and Volkswagen aims to redesign public transport infrastructure in Qatar.
The agreement, signed by Mansoor Al-Mahmoud, CEO of Qatar Investment Authority, and Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen Group, suggests that we will see electric and driverless cars in Doha, Qatar, in the near future. The project will be launched by the end of 2022 with the first tests expected to begin in 2020. Another goal of targeting the project for 2022 is, of course, to be held in Qatar for the FIFA World Cup in 2022.
The deal involves four different brands within the VW Group. Autonomous Intelligent Driving, owned by Volkswagen commercial vehicles, Scania, MOIA and Audi, will take steps to change Qatar’s public transport infrastructure. Driverless and electric public transport will cover a wide range of from small vehicles called shuttles to large buses. It is also estimated that volkswagen’s latest announced micro bus concept, the I.D. Buzz electric vehicle, will be used in the project.
Football fans who will watch the 2022 FIFA World Cupare expected to experience driverless and electric public transport when they arrive in Doha, qatar’ capital. It is possible to say that Qatar has signed a long-term and comprehensive agreement with the Volkswagen Group, making Qatar an important investor in Volkswagen. However, we should also point out that no figures have been pronounced under the signed agreement.