Dubai is global pioneer for autonomous vehicles, says software firm

PTV Group MD says decision makers in Dubai are bold and want to meet challenges with the most innovative approach possible
Dubai is global pioneer for autonomous vehicles, says software firm
Dubai Taxi's autonomous vehicle was unveiled at the GITEX show earlier this year.
By Sam Bridge
Sun 11 Aug 2019 09:58 AM

Dubai is now a global pioneer for the use of autonomous vehicles and is the benchmark for countries around the world, according to a software firm working to make the concept a reality.

PTV Group, which is working with the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) on the use of self-driving cars and air taxis in the city, said decision makers in Dubai are "bold" and are keen to embrace the latest technologies.

In April, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum issued a new resolution to regulate autonomous vehicle testing in Dubai.

The resolution, the first such initiative in the region, is part of the first phase of a legislative framework being created to ensure the highest efficiency, reliability and security of smart mobility.

PTV Middle East managing director, Andrea Petti, said that Dubai is now a benchmark for other countries and cities looking in the same direction.

He said: “PTV is providing the software solution globally in the area of traffic and transport – both for immediate needs and for those planning for the future.

“In countries such as the UK and Germany there is a lot of ambition around autonomous vehicles but Dubai is really pioneering and is now a benchmark. The decision makers in Dubai are bold and want to meet challenges with the most innovative approach possible.

“We are currently looking at how self-driving cars and air taxis would fit into the Dubai transport system in daily life – from the effects on traffic flow to safety and speed.

“It is a very exciting time for Dubai’s development and we are looking at sharing some of these results in the coming months.”

The Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy aims to transform 25 percent of the total transportation in Dubai to autonomous mode by 2030 and is expected to bring AED22 billion in annual economic revenues.

The strategy also aims to cut transportation costs by 44 percent, resulting in savings of up to AED900 million a year.

It will also help save AED1.5 billion a year by reducing environmental pollution by 12 percent, as well as generate AED18 billion in annual economic returns by increasing the efficiency of the transportation sector in Dubai by 2030. 

Recognised as a market leader, PTV develops intelligent software solutions for transport logistics, traffic planning and traffic management.

Petti added: “Our work with governments is all about making urban life easier for everyone and as we know traffic is a huge part of that.

“The flow of people into urban areas of Dubai is increasing all the time and it is vital that people can move in and out of those densely populated areas easily and safely.”

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