Dubai endorses self-driving vehicle testing standards

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has taken another step towards the introduction of autonomous vehicles by endorsing testing standards for electric, hybrid and self-driving vehicles that it says are in line with the “highest” international standards.

“RTA has endorsed the testing standards of electric, hybrid and self-driving vehicles in line with the best standards applied in leading countries in this regard worldwide,” said Abdullah Yousef Al Ali, CEO of RTA’s Licensing Agency. 

Dubai has held more than 60 workshops with vehicle manufacturers, approved testing centres and UAE-based consultancies to review the standards, share knowledge and ideas and develop plans for their implementation.

Self-driving vehicles will come to Dubai’s streets “in the near future”, said Al Ali. 

“As for self-driving vehicles, the technical testing standards and related technologies will ensure the primacy & pioneering role of Dubai in this class of vehicles. 

“It involved the provision of appropriate infrastructure to ensure the safety and security of using these vehicles, especially noting that this type of vehicles will become a reality and hit Dubai streets in the near future,” said Al Ali.

The CEO said that RTA’s ultimate aim would be helping Dubai to gain a globally competitive edge in autonomous vehicles.