25% of Dubai’s transportation will be autonomous by 2030: Mohammed


By WAM  www.emirates247.com

His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, today launched an ambitious strategy for smart self-driving transport as part of Dubai’s strategy to become the smartest city in the world.

2”By 2030, 25 per cent of all transportation trips in Dubai will be smart and driverless. The strategy is projected to generate economic revenues and savings of up to Dh22 billion a year,” Sheikh Mohammad said.

”Dubai is leading cities of the world and making a qualitative paradigm shift to harness artificial intelligence in the service of the humanity and set a world unparalleled model for future cities, and is evolving into a global laboratory for technology and R&D.

“Today, we lay down a clear strategy with specific goals for smart transportation to form one of the key drivers for achieving sustainable economy in the UAE,” Sheikh Mohammed said.

When implemented, His Highness added, the strategy will reduce transportation costs by 44 per cent or Dh900 million, saving Dh1.5 billion through reduction of environmental pollution, and Dh18 billion through raising efficiency of the transport sector by 20 per cent. It will increase productivity of individuals by 13 per cent and save people up to 396 millions of hours wasted during travel on roads yearly. He indicated that the strategy will also contribute to reducing road accidents, and their associated economic losses, by 12 per cent, saving Dh2 billion a year.

A joint venture between the Roads and Transport Authority and Dubai Future Foundation, the strategy focuses on four pillars: individuals, technology, policies and legislations and infrastructure.

He said that the strategy will be the first project of the foundation to build a model of a futuristic city. More info