Finalists for Dubai self-driving challenge unveiled

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) this week announced the finalists of the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport.

The challenge, which provides a platform for contestants to test self-driving scenarios and introduce self-driving technologies to Dubai’s roads, attracted entries from companies, universities, colleges and institutions around the world.

The finalists of the Leaders category are Navya and EasyMile from France, from the USA, Westfield from the UK, Baidu from China, and 2getthere from the Netherlands. A number of startup finalists were also announced, including Sensible from Finland, Derq from the UAE, and Taiwan’s Iauto.

“The Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport aims to broaden the use of self-driving transport,” said HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA, and Chairman of the Dubai World Congress for Self-Driving Transport.

“It seeks to encourage the leading companies to cope with the existing challenges of the First and Last Mile, traffic congestions and the drop in the public transport ridership. The driverless transport has become a key pillar of RTA’s strategy, and we are making every endeavour to make it a reality in Dubai.”

The finalists will undergo intensive testing in Dubai in 2019, with the final winners being selected by an international jury panel and announced next year.