The Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai (RTA) has announced the start of a study of using Autonomous cars (driverless vehicles) in Dubai.
H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA said that this initiative is adopted to endorse 2015 as a year of innovation in the UAE. "The step also falls within the execution of the Dubai innovation strategy endorsed by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of the Executive Council, to make Dubai the world's first innovative city. Such initiative is coherent with the strategic goals and objectives envisioned by the RTA in its strategic plan to contribute to the smooth mobility, safety and environmental sustainability. Such electricity-powered smart vehicles have a significant contribution to reducing carbon emissions, saving fuel consumption, and improving the smart mobility, which in turn contributes to transforming Dubai into a smart city. Through this initiative, the RTA seeks to provide a safe and reliable transport environment for residents & visitors of Dubai in keeping with the Dubai Plan 2021."
"The RTA has set up a team for studying the use of Autonomous cars to map out a strategy and a work plan for addressing the latest developments in this field, and identifying the standards & specifications required in these vehicles along with the needed infrastructure and safety legislations. In this context, the RTA has approached a host of international manufactures of smart vehicles to examine technological alternatives on offer, and plan for real-life experiments for using such vehicles in Dubai under the supervision of the RTA," continued Al Tayer.
"Autonomous cars are the latest developments of the global smart mobility systems, and this technology is based on electric vehicles fitted with smart sensors to enhance the safety element and avoid crashes. The smart vehicle has multi operational techniques as it can operate within moving vehicles environment without necessarily requiring connectivity with the control center. Examples of this include ceasing motion in the event of traffic disruption, and perceiving the road condition as well as traffic signals, and pedestrian movement among others. The vehicle can also be operated via an automated internet-based control system where it can be fully controlled by a control center without requiring a driver. In this regard smart vehicles can be programmed to lift passengers by moving in pre-designated lanes to feed public transport stations and link with vital centers with the aim of alleviating the need of private vehicles, mitigating road congestions, easing the huge demand of parking spaces, and eliminating environmental pollution & the waste of resources. Smart vehicles will provide mobility solutions to all users, even those who are unable to drive, which will ultimately ease the mobility of Dubai residents and visitors, and improve on the mobility of services on offer," added Al Tayer.
Source and top image: Government of Dubai Roads and Transport Authority