Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that it has embarked on the fourth phase of its driverless vehicles project at Dubai’s Sustainable City.
The announcement comes as part of RTA’s efforts to boost Dubai’s strategy of having as much as 25% of public transport operating autonomously by 2030.
“The trial run of the autonomous vehicle has started in the Sustainable City following three stages of successful test runs,” said Ahmed Bahrozyan, CEO of RTA’s Public Transport Agency and Chairman of its Smart and Sustainable Transport Committee.
“The new phase, which will continue until the end of this September, is part of RTA’s plan to test the driverless technology means under Dubai’s climate conditions.”
“Through these trials, the RTA is seeking to familiarize the public with driverless vehicles technology and the Dubai Driverless Mobility Strategy.”
The smart vehicle, built by EasyMile, can accommodate up to eight riders and travels short distances on pre-programmed routes.
The trial is part of an MoU signed with Diamond Developers Company, the developers behind the Sustainable City project.
“The introduction of driverless vehicles in Sustainable City is a future step towards using the smartest public transport means. It supports Dubai’s Smart City initiative and the Government’s strategy for driverless mobility, which will pave the way for more sustainable solutions in this regard,” said the company’s CEO, Faris Saeed.