Dubai says to promote driverless vehicles

Should save 22 billion dirhams ($6 billion) in annual costs through greater efficiency and fewer accidents

Reuters April 25, 2016
PHOTO: AFP

DUBAI: Dubai will introduce legislation to promote the use of driverless vehicles and invite companies to propose automated transport systems for the emirate, the government said on Monday.

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The fast-growing city state, which has about 2.5 million permanent residents, aims to make 25 percent of its transport -both public and private - driverless by 2030. That should save 22 billion dirhams ($6 billion) in annual costs through greater efficiency and fewer accidents, Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum said.

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The government will focus on innovations such as autonomous buses and taxis, it said. It did not give details of the legislation or its plans to introduce new transport systems.

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HAROON RASHID | 4 years ago | Reply | Recommend Congratulations and greetings to His Highness on his statement for Automated car, bus, trucks, in Dubai supporting the UN Decade of Road Safety. Excellency I suggest the RTA should start work on this particularly from the regulatory aspect, the issuance of license, legal, insurance claim liability etc. As you know the technology is generic and is out of the box. With RTA Dubai infrastructure could be a facilitator to the regional markets with local assembly of Fully Automated Cars, buses, trucks etc., etc. The model for production is modular, and scale able and in adherence of the UN Decade of Road Safety. Shall be too pleased to help the RTA and Dubai to develop as a hub for local assembly and production from Dubai.
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