The news is that Dubai plans to implement driverless vehicles in the near future. Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) had accounted in June that it will start trials of autonomous air taxis or flying passenger drones in the last quarter of the year.
The Government has announced in February that one in four road trips in Dubai would be autonomous by 2030. According to the Gulf News Report that was published in February, 8.8% of road trips in Dubai were made on the Driverless Dubai Metro. The RTA expects this number to jump to 12.2% by 2030.
“RTA’s Self-driving Transport Strategy has several attributes that sets it apart from other strategies. First, the transition to self-driving in Dubai is powered by a government entity whereas it is the private sector that drives this transition in many other cities and countries. Secondly, Dubai’s strategy is inclusive of all mass transit modes such as trains, buses, marine transit modes and taxis, as well as private vehicles, while many countries focus on a limited number of transit modes,” said Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA.
The RTA has agreed, in February, to purchase 200 electric cars from Tesla which will be used as driverless cars.
Ride hailing companies in Dubai like Careem has plans to modify its technology to adopt to the autonomous car future when and if it gets implemented in Dubai.
“We will bring the best services to make (the driverless technology) accessible to customers,” Mudassir Sheikha, CEO and co-founder of Careem said in his speech at the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit that took place in Abu Dhabi in March.