Dubai sets deadline for global self-driving vehicle competition

Roads and Transport Authority says submissions for Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport must be before August 1
Dubai sets deadline for global self-driving vehicle competition
By Sam Bridge
Tue 24 Jul 2018 01:35 PM

Dubai's transport authority has set a August 1 deadline for submissions to take part in the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced the cut-off point for submissions from companies, institutions, universities and colleges to take part in the competition, which has recently opened registration through the website www.sdchallenge.com.

The initiative is in collaboration with Khalifa University and NewCities International Organisation. A total sum of over $5 million will be allocated for the Challenge as prize money.

Finalists will be announced in October, and winners will be unveiled in October 2019, said Adel Shakri, director of Transportation Systems at Public Transport Agency and chair of the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport Committee.

“A number of workshops and gatherings had been organised nationwide for university students and companies who submitted their entries in the Challenge as well as organising webinars for entities abroad that have also submitted their entries in the Challenge,” he said.   

The Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport targets big companies, start-ups and local and international universities. About $3 million of the prize money will be allocated to mega companies, $1.5 million for start-ups, and $600,000 for universities and academic institutions.

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