Dubai sets sights on driverless transportation technology

26 May, 2016

In line with Dubai’s vision to become the smartest city in the world, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, recently announced that by 2030, 25% of transportation in Dubai will be smart and driverless.  

Not only will the strategy advance technological innovation in the Emirate, but it will increase the efficiency of the transportation sector by reducing pollution and congestion on the roadways. Sheikh Mohammed said that the strategy will reduce transportation costs by 44%, or Dh900 million, saving Dh1.5 billion through the reduction in pollution and Dh18 billion by increasing efficiency in the transportation sector by 20%. As part of the project, the Dubai World Challenge for self-driving transport was also launched. The challenge will be the largest international tender for companies to submit scenarios and applications of driverless technology in Dubai. 

Sheikh Mohammed 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."

The project will be a joint venture between the Roads and Transport Authority and Dubai Future Foundation and will centre around four key pillars: individuals, technology, policies and legislation and infrastructure.

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