Dubai’s RTA starts driverless vehicle trial in Sustainable City

Roads and Transport Authority says it has embarked on phase 4 of the Driverless Vehicles Project on a track extending 1,250 metres in Dubailand

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Dubai's RTA starts driverless vehicle trial in Sustainable City
Dubai's RTA starts driverless vehicle trial in Sustainable City

Dubai’s transport authority has started a trial run of a driverless vehicle with Sustainable City in Dubailand.

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said it has recently embarked on phase 4 of the Driverless Vehicles Project on a track extending 1,250 metres.

The step is a part of RTA’s efforts to boost the Dubai Government strategy to raise the share of autonomous transport to as much as 25 percent of public transport means by 2030.

“The trial run of the autonomous vehicle has started in the Sustainable City following three stages of successful test runs. The new phase, which will continue until the end of this September, is part of RTA’s plan to test the driverless technology means under Dubai’s climate conditions,” said Ahmed Bahrozyan, CEO of RTA’s Public Transport Agency and chairman of Smart and Sustainable Transport Committee.

The smart vehicle, which was manufactured by EasyMile Company, can accommodate eight riders. It travels on short distances on pre-programmed routes under multi-user environments. It moves on virtual tracks that can be configured easily to make abrupt changes to meet demand.

The latest trial run is part of an agreement signed recently with Diamond Developers Company, the developer of the Sustainable City project.

“The Sustainable City has endorsed the use of electric and sustainable vehicles as a mean of public transportation and also as service vehicles throughout the City,” said Faris Saeed, CEO of Diamond Developers Company. More

By Sam Bridge  arabianbusiness.com

 

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