Driverless cars set for Dubai debut

RTA pens deal for autonomous vehicle network in Sustainable City

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Dubai is known the world over for being an early adopter of the latest tech trends, and the RTA has now confirmed that driverless cars will be coming to the city.

We know that Dubai wants to see 25 percent of public transport services switch to driverless cars, trains and buses by 2030. We also know that self-flying helitaxis are in the works and set to take off in the next couple of years, obviously after a lot of advanced safety testing (more on that here if you haven’t come across this yet).

Now, the Road and Transport Authority has inked an agreement for a whole network of driverless cars and autonomous vehicles in the up-and-coming district of Sustainable City in Dubai Land.

The project will be kicking off in February in partnership with the developer of Sustainable City, Diamond Developers.

Sustainable City is going to be emirate’s go-to destination for eco-friendliness, it’s set to become Dubai’s greenest environment, with a huge 30-metre-wide buffer zone of greenery to reduce noise pollution, and help purify the air within the city. There’ll be an equestrian centre, and a running and cycling track around the perimeter.

There are already 500 residential villas, 11 greenhouses through the centre of the neighbourhood, 3,000 sq m of farmland for fresh produce and a 15,000 sq m space for offices, retailers and food outlets. The end of 2018 is also pencilled to see the region’s first net-zero energy hotel in the Middle East.

And soon it will have a fleet of driverless cars knocking about, too.

For more information, visit www.rta.ae.

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