Dubai prepares to roll out self-driving vehicles

RTA takes new steps to get autonomous vehicles on the road

Dubai prepares to roll out self-driving vehicles

Over the last few years we’ve seen plenty of progress being made with autonomous cars, self-driving vehicles and even pilotless air taxis. Now, Dubai’s RTA has taken another step towards getting the initiative off the ground.

As we move another step closer, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has revealed a new set of rules over trialing self-driving vehicles.

While Dubai has the objective of having 25 percent of all trips being conducted by self-driving vehicles by 2030, of course it’s about doing so safely.

“The legislation enacted provides for individuals, firms and public entities intending to carry out trials on autonomous vehicles in Dubai to conclude contracts with RTA,” said CEO of the Public Transport Agency and Chairperson of the Smart and Sustainable Transport Committee for RTA, Ahmed Hashim Bahrozyan.

It means that there will be new rules of the roads, where a set of stipulations will come into place to govern where, how fast and when test runs of self-driving cars and vehicles can take place.

A major hurdle in the roll out and adoption of this next generation technology is making sure the city and its roads remains safe during trials, refinement of the tech and its implementation.

RTA's announcement shows that there’s now one fewer concern over its adoption.

Meanwhile, e-parking metres are being rolled out across the emirate in the RTA’s latest initiative.
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