A new driverless vehicle is being tested in Dubai by the Roads and Transport Authority ‘RTA’, In coordination with Emaar Properties, as part of the Emirates’ plan to put such “smart” vehicles on the road by 2030.
Built jointly by Omnix International and Easy Mile, the autonomous vehicle dubbed EZ10, is an electric shuttle that can run in both directions as it has no specific front or rear.
Running on a 700-metre trial route that will begin from Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard/Financial Centre Street intersection to Vida Hotel Downtown Dubai, the driverless vehicle will provide free rides to all commuters.
Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA, said the trial run of the smart vehicle is phase one, with more to come.
“This experiment is part of the RTA’s plan to test driverless transit technology under the climatic environment of Dubai. Through this trial RTA intends to educate the public about autonomous cars technology.”
He added that, “The experience is the first step in implementing the driverless mobility strategy launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The strategy aims at switching 25 per cent of total mobility in Dubai to driverless journeys using various transit means by 2030″.
Al Tayer also, Explained that, “The vehicle travels on virtual routes, which can easily be reset to accommodate sudden changes as required. The vehicle is fitted with all safety requisites and controls specifying its planned route. The sensors and the intelligent technology of the vehicle enables it to tackle any obstacles encountered on the route to avoid collision.”
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