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Driverless vehicle test in Dubai receives support from users

Around 95% of riders said they felt safe during trials at the Dubai World Trade Center

Driverless vehicle test in Dubai receives support from users
A man walks near an autonomous 10-seater car during a trial run along the Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard on September 1, 2016. Dubais Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), in collaboration with the UAE real estate development company Emaar Properties, accomplished the first phase of an experiment to test driverless transit technology in the Emirate. (Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)

Journeys in Dubai’s newly-launched Driverless Vehicle have received a satisfaction rating of 92 per cent, revealed a survey by The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

The month-long survey was conducted for 1,500 visitors aged 25 to 35 years old who experimented a ride in the vehicle at the Dubai World Trade Center where it debuted prior to moving to the Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard on September 1. Around 87% of the respondents were Emiratis and UAE residents and 13% were tourists.

The survey also found that 97 per cent of the riders expected the technology to help decrease road accidents and improve safety levels while 95% expressed confidence in the vehicle and felt safe while on board.

Furthermore, while about 36% of the riders use public transport and 32% use private vehicles, 32% of them use both public and private transport.

The RTA is currently considering expanding the use of driverless vehicles to Dubai metro stations, malls and touristic destinations. It is working on drafting rules & legislations for smart mobility in the Emirate, according to Head of the Driverless Vehicles Committee, RTA, Ahmed Hashim Bahrozan.

The move is in line with Dubai’s goal to make 25% of its public transport autonomous by 2030.

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