RTA Dubai signs deal to support autonomous air vehicle project

Aiming to step up cooperation in studying laws relating to autonomous air vehicles

RTA Dubai signs deal to support autonomous air vehicle project

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is taking another step towards the future, as it’s making strides to bring autonomous air vehicles to the city.

Signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Dubai Air Navigation Services (DANS), the deal aims to exchange expertise to bring flying taxis that much closer to reality.

“The MoU aims to step up cooperation in studying laws relating to autonomous air vehicles, participate in specialist workshops held by either party, coordinate efforts in R&D and innovations in relevant fields,” said CEO of Public Transport Agency and Head of the Autonomous Air Vehicle Project Team at RTA Ahmed Bahrozyan.

“The MoU also calls for charting out air corridors for air vehicles and stepping up the safety and security of aerial transport within the geographical perimeters of Dubai through using advanced technologies.”

The MoU also supports Dubai’s aim to make 25 percent of total mobility trips in Dubai into autonomous trips by 2030, as RTA and DANS will be sharing information including test programmes and the specifications of take-off and landing sites.

Deputy CEO at Dubai Air Navigation Services Ibrahim Ahli added: “DANS has an innovative culture supported by a team of top air navigation experts; which assures the realisation of our common objectives with RTA. Autonomous air vehicles are a key component of the vision of the UAE and Dubai and engaging in this cooperation will bolster their ability to anticipate the future requirements worldwide. ”

As for now, transport is kept grounded, and RTA has recently launched two new bus routes to improve transport in the city.

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